Offwell Woodland & Wildlife Trust

Promoting the British Countryside

Home

About us Conservation Education Wildlife Habitats Maps Search Resources Sponsors


The Wet Woodland Survey
Individual Area Results

Bluebell Area

bbell2.JPG (745636 bytes)

General Description of Survey Area

The Bluebell Area lies at the top of the East facing slope of the Wet Woodland.  The resulting good drainage means that it is comparatively dry.  Parts of the area are littered with flints.  There is an extensive canopy of broad-leaved trees creating large areas of shade.  During the spring, the ground is carpeted with bluebells.  There are many ferns and mosses and a number of shade tolerant plants such as Yellow Pimpernel and Wood Sorrel.  The Bluebell Area has the appearance of classic English broad-leaved woodland.

Ground Level Plant Survey Results
N.B. Species names highlighted in green below are mosses.

Species

Common Name

  1 2 3 4 5 6 Mean
Polytrichum formosum Hedw.  

Max. Ht

             
   

% Cover

1 0 0 0 0 0 0.2
                   
Mnium hornum Hedw.  

Max. Ht

             
   

% Cover

0 11 0 0 0 0 1.8
                   
Thuidium tamariscinum (Hedw.) B., S. & G.  

Max. Ht

             
   

% Cover

60 0 0 0 18 0 13
                   
Isothecium myosuroides Brid.  

Max. Ht

             
   

% Cover

1 1 1 0 1 0 0.7
                   
Hypnum cupressiforme Hedw.  

Max. Ht

             
   

% Cover

1 0 0 1 1 4 1.2
                   
Hypnum jutlandicum Holmen & Warncke  

Max. Ht

             
   

% Cover

0 0 0 0 3 0 0.5
                   
Hypnum andoi Brid.  

Max. Ht

             
   

% Cover

0 0 0 1 0 6 1.2
                   
Pteridium aquilium (L.) Kuhn Bracken

Max. Ht

      60     60
   

% Cover

0 0 0 11 0 0 1.8
                   
Blechnum spicant (L.) Roth Hard Fern

Max. Ht

10     40   50 33.3
   

% Cover

1 0 0 50 0 20 11.8
                   
Dryopteris dilitata (Hoffm.) A. Gray Broad Buckler Fern

Max. Ht

20           20
    % Cover 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.8
                   
Fagus sylvatica L. Common Beech

Max. Ht

          15 15
    % Cover 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.2
                   
Ilex aquifolium L. Common Holly

Max. Ht

    100   15 60 58.3
    % Cover 0 0 10 0 1 10 3.5
                   
Viola riviniana Reichb. Common Dog Violet

Max. Ht

             
    % Cover 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.2
                   
Lysimachia nemorum L. Yellow Pimpernel

Max. Ht

  5     15   10
   

% Cover

0 1 0 0 5 0 1
                   
Rubus fruticosus agg. Bramble, Blackberry

Max. Ht

        20   20
    % Cover 0 0 0 0 5 0 0.8
                   
Oxalis acetosella L. Wood sorrel

Max. Ht

      1 10   5.5
   

% Cover

0 0 1 1 15 0 2.8
                   
Hedera helix L. Ivy

Max. Ht

          15 15
    % Cover 0 0 1 4 1 4 1.7
                   
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (L.) Chouard ex Rothm. Bluebell

Max. Ht

35 50 60 45 55 40 47.5
    % Cover 50 35 12 5 45 30 29.7
                   
Holcus lanatus L. Yorkshire Fog

Max. Ht

             
    % Cover 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.3
                   
Carex remota L. Remote Sedge

Max. Ht

  15         15
   

% Cover

0 4 0 0 0 0 0.7
                   
Juncus effusus L. Soft Rush

Max. Ht

        50   50
   

% Cover

0 0 0 0 3 0 0.5
                   
Luzula pilosa (L.) Willd. Hairy Wood-rush

Max. Ht

        20   20
   

% Cover

0 0 0 0 3 0 0.5

 

No. of Samples taken in Area

Total No. of Species Present in Samples of Area

Dominant Species in Area
(those with highest mean % cover)

Mean % Cover

Mean Maximum Height (cm)

6

22

1st

Hyacinthoides non-scripta (L.) chouard ex Rothm.
Bluebell

29.7

47.5

2nd

Thuidium tamariscinum (Hedw.) B. S. & G.

13

-

3rd

Blechnum spicant (L.) Roth
Hard Fern

11.8

33.3

 

Mature Tree Survey

Survey includes all trees greater than 2m in height.

Species of Tree

Percentage Frequency

Max. Tree Height

Betula pendula  Roth Silver Birch

64 26.6m

Fraxinus latifolia
Oregon Ash

16 18.2m

Corylus avellana L.
Hazel

14 5.5m

Sorbus aucuparia L.
Rowan

3 10.7m

Ilex aquifolium L.
Holly

3 2.4m

Continue & Compare results with other areas

Back to Contents Page

 

Copyright Offwell Woodland & Wildlife Trust 1998/9 & 2000/1/2/3/4 http://www.offwell.info

All the information including images, charts, movies and sounds is provided copyright free, only for educational use by: schools, colleges and universities unless you are making a charge. If you wish to use information or any part of this site for commercial purposes or for any purpose where a charge is made then you must get permission, so make sure you contact us first. Remember, if you are not a school, college or university you must obtain permission to use any part of this website. Note that company logos are reproduced with permission and remain copyright of their respective owners.