LITTLE DON (HAYWOOD) OPEN SPACE (INDZ/ES04)

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General Information

Grid Reference

Sk28229826

Ownership

Sheffield City Council Leisure Services

Size

0.7 hectares (528m perimeter)

Designation(s)

General Industry Area with Special Industries

Access

Full access from Little Don Walk permissive path that runs through the site.

Classification

C2

Importance

Of fairly low ecological importance but contains an interesting grassland community that has colonised former railway/tramway sidings in the western half. 

Date Surveyed

09-03-00 (with some later visits in June 2000)

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Note: the code numbers of the photographs below relate to the locations shown on the map; they are not in sequence.

 

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Survey information

Introduction

A site that provides much in the way of informal recreation causing disturbance to many areas. The western end of site is a considerable 'eyesore' due to extensive fly-tipping and litter.

History

The site is shown on he first edition OS map of 1854 as part of two agricultural fields. The 1905 OS Map shows Stocksbridge railway forming the northern boundary of the site and housing to the south and west (as it still does today). Later maps show the construction of railway sidings between the two world wars and they are the origin of the existing compacted cinder ash paths.  The 1986 OS 1:2,500 map shows sidings still present on the site.

Topography

A largely flat area sloping up in the south at the western end of site. Little Don River and steel works railway from the northern boundary with housing to the south and west.

Recreation and Use

Dog walkers were seen passing through the site during the survey. Three sections of permissive paths on the site form the route of the Little Don Walk. In addition, other tracks and desire lines are used by BMX cyclists and motorcycle scramblers.  In one area on the southern boundary of the site a Yorkshire Water sewer mains manhole cover has been recently constructed. Next to this an informal play area for kids has been created with willow branches and some trunks cut down and made into a dead hedge between this area and the slope down to the river. The extreme western end contains much litter and some fly-tipping, some probably originating from adjacent properties.

Present Management

None.

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Main Plant Communities

Community

General Description

Characteristic Species

Community A

Willow scrub/secondary woodland

Salix caprea., Rubus fruticosus agg., Anthriscus sylvestris, Galium aparine

Community B

Short-medium herb

Glechoma hederacea, Taraxacum officinale agg., Cardamine hirsuta, Achillea millefolium

Community C

Bare/disturbed ground

Cardamine sp.

Community D

Bramble areas

Rubus fruticosus agg., Galium aparine, Urtica dioica

Community E

Tall herb

Urtica dioica, Chamerion angustifolium, Rumex obtusifolius, Cirsium sp., Dactylis glomerata

Community F

Birch scrub/woodland

Betula sp., Rubus fruticosus agg., Eurynchium praelongum, Equisetum arvense, Salix caprea, Teucrium scorodonia

Community G

Neutral (to mildly acid) grassland

Agrostis capillaris, Hypochaeris radicata, Trifolium dubium, Plantago lanceolata, Taraxacum officinale agg.

Community H

Bracken area

Pteridium aquilinum

Community I

Ornamental trees and shrubs

Ligustrum ovalifolium, Symphoricarpos rivularis, Forsythia x intermedia

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Ecological Interest

A fairly diverse site with grassland areas, bare ground, willow scrub and a large area of birch scrub (with a mainly impoverished ground flora) on the western part of the site. The eastern part is mostly made up of willow (goat and crack present) shrub/pioneer woodland along the river and along the southern boundary of the main area of birch scrub occupying much of the western part of site. Tall herb and bramble areas are also extensive in the east part. There are two areas where Japanese knotweed has established - on the extreme eastern and western edges of the site. There are also areas where other introductions occur, most notably along the southern boundary separating the site from the back gardens of neighbouring houses. Cultivated privet and snowberry are locally abundant.

Part of the site has been disturbed as a result of recent works on a sewage mains (along southern boundary) and construction of informal play area.  Rubbish, garden waste, litter and more disturbed ground are found on

In spite of the disturbance an interesting neutral to mildly acidic grassland occurs (community G) with black knapweed, wood sage, common St John's-wort, common toadflax, a high ground cover of lesser trefoil and most notably thyme-leaved sandwort. Wood sage also occurs occasionally in the birch scrub with rarer species such as common figwort and teasel recorded in later visits. In the same area a troop of the fairly common fungus Russula atropurpurea was found in early June. Few birds were around but dense shrubbery on the southwestern part of site may provide enough cover for some breeding.

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Botanical Survey - to view lists of species click here

Stocksbridge SRB5 Greenspace Audit undertaken by Jim Flanagan for Sheffield Wildlife Trust - see their Community Action Handbook - full of good ideas for your local site the western side of site.


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Inner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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nner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I
Back to map of ecological survey sites

nner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 


Back to map of ecological survey sites

Inner Zone

Knoll Top

Outer Zone

Oxley Park

Bracken Moor - playing fields

East Whitwell - open space

Wood Royd

Countryside Zone

Ellen Cliff Wood

Townend Common

Industrial Zone

Dog Lichen Field

Hen Holmes Wood

Little Don - acid heath

Little Don - open space

Exchange Sidings

 

 

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