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Lowland grassland and heathland habitats

Elizabeth A. C. Price

Lowland grassland and heathland habitats

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Published by Routledge in London, New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Grassland ecology.,
  • Heathland ecology.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementElizabeth A.C. Price ; illustrations by Jo Wright.
    SeriesHabitat guides
    ContributionsWright, Jo.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsQH541.5.P7 P75 2002
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxii, 246 p. :
    Number of Pages246
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL22489127M
    ISBN 100415187621, 041518763X

    It is generally associated with a suite of mosses including ephemerals such as Encalypta spp. These semi-natural habitats are ancient, cultural landscapes, which are of considerable, if not international importance for biodiversity. There may also be more direct effects since many grassland cryptogams are known to be sensitive to pollutants. Essentially practical, the book first introduces the ecology, geology, and wildlife of Britain, then goes on to describe where to see its natural history at its best. Small, partially embedded chalk and limestone stones in grasslands are important in providing niches for lichens.

    A number of plants that are scarce in Northern Ireland have been recorded. Hay meadows are best in June and July before they are cut and when the abundant nectar and pollen supports large numbers of invertebrates, including bumblebees and butterflies. Lowland heaths in southern Britain often support an important fauna, including birds such as European nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus and Dartford warbler Sylvia undatareptiles such as sand lizard Lacerta agilis and smooth snake Coronella austriaca and invertebrates. These communities mainly occur on acid soils and are species-poor.

    On gradations to limestone soils there are some examples of herb-rich heath. The majority of this rare and unusual vegetation is characterised by a short sward in which heather Calluna vulgaris and bell heather Erica cinerea occur in an intimate mixture with a rich assemblage of calcicolous grasses and herbs, such as meadow oat-grass Helictotrichon pratense and dropwort Filipendula vulgaris. Only plants adapted to the poor, acidic heathland soils flourish, and some resort to unusual means to gain nutrients - carnivorous sundews have glandular tentacles with sticky droplets on their leaves. Cannock Chase has the main British population of the hybrid bilberry Vaccinium intermedium, a plant of restricted occurrence.


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Lowland grassland and heathland habitats by Elizabeth A. C. Price Download PDF Ebook

Although not large by the standards of sites selected for other types of dry heath, Slochd is significant in terms of the extent of the H16 heath present, being one of only nine sites known in Scotland with over 50 ha of this heath community. Small, partially embedded chalk and limestone stones in grasslands are important in providing Lowland grassland and heathland habitats book for lichens.

The dry heaths are even more predominant than on the Cairngorms, occupying almost half of the total Lowland grassland and heathland habitats book of the site. In the cloughs, or valleys, which extend into the heather moorlands, a greater mix of dwarf shrubs can be found together with more lichens and mosses.

Heathlands occur on barren infertile land. The abundance and growth forms of the lichens in this community are better developed than in other known sites in the UK. The H16 heath at The Maim is developed on freely-drained soils, apparently derived from granite with obscure outcrops of basic rocks, within an altitudinal range of metres.

The highly variable soils of Breckland, with underlying chalk being largely covered with wind-blown sands, Lowland grassland and heathland habitats book resulted in mosaics of heather-dominated heathland, acidic grassland and calcareous grassland that are unlike those of any other site.

This habitat guide features illustrated species boxes of typical plants and animals, as well as a full species list, a series of projects on the ecology of grassland and heathland species, a colour plate section, up-to-date references and information, and a full glossary.

The habitat has experienced disturbance from farming, mineral extraction, military activities, constructional work or rabbits.

But perhaps most important, these opposite poles also provide the opportunity for an exchange of information and insight. There are high numbers of red grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus and other moorland birds, and mountain hares Lepus timidus are also well-represented, giving the best example of associated moorland fauna in southern Scotland.

It is the largest area of the distinctive northern lichen-rich maritime European dry heaths in the UK. There are outstanding zoned sequences of limestone grassland and heath communities and these are associated with a wide range of other habitats, including limestone cliff, scree and a small area of Limestone pavements.

Some areas are relatively species-rich, with up to six different dwarf shrub species being found. Frosts can occur in any month of the year.

There are also extensive heaths of a drier hyper-oceanic type dominated by bell heather Erica cinerea, representative of the development of this habitat type at higher altitude, where there are transitions to Alpine and Boreal heaths.

Dry heath covers extensive areas, occupies the lower slopes of the moors on mineral soils or where peat is thin, and occurs in transitions to acid grassland, wet heath and blanket bogs.

In the rainy season it stores water up tolitres! Nightjars are summer visitors to England, whose characteristic churring noise can be heard on heathlands on warm, summer evenings.

The European dry heath comprises representative examples of the characteristic communities of north-east Scotland, i. Calluna — Vaccinium heaths occur throughout the British uplands, but are best-developed in the North Pennines and north-eastern Scotland. Grassland habitats What are grassland habitats?

Heathlands with bare open sandy areas, suitable for basking in the sun, are also favourable habitats for Adders. There are well-developed transitions to Alpine and Boreal heaths.

With the loss of these traditional activities in modern life, many heathlands are now reverting to woodland.Lowland Grassland & Heathland Priority Habitats in Wales The WBP Lowland Grassland and Heathland Group has identified priority areas for targeted conservation effort in Wales which are listed below.

The area maps are also available in GIS format.

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Use the contact us to request the files. The substantial additions and revisions contained in this second edition of the Lowland Grassland Management Handbook indicate the tremendous Lowland grassland and heathland habitats book that the first edition generated.

The first edition's reception confirmed our beliefs that many land managers care very deeply about the future wellbeing of one of our most vu lnerable UK habitats. Grassland habitats can be found on more than 40% of the land on Earth. They are wide, open areas where mostly grass and flowers grow.

Grassland habitats are very common, and there are many different kinds depending on the sort of climate they’re found in.Download Book Living Landscapes Heathland in PDF format.

You can Read Online Pdf Landscapes Heathland here in PDF, EPUB, Mobi or Docx formats Lowland Grassland and Heathland Habitats contrasts the uniformity of intensively managed grassland with the diversity of traditionally managed grasslands and heathlands.

A series of case.The heathland occurs as part of a mosaic of maritime grassland, wind-pruned blackthorn Prunus spinosa scrub, and gorse Ulex europaeus scrub. The heathland supports populations of the nationally scarce chives Allium schoenoprasum and pale dog-violet Viola lactea, and also the Red Data Book species hairy greenweed Genista pilosa.The substantial additions and revisions contained in ebook second edition of the Ebook Grassland Management Handbook indicate the tremendous enthusiasm that the first edition generated.

The first edition's reception confirmed our beliefs that many land managers care very deeply about the future wellbeing of one of our most vu lnerable UK habitats.

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