coursework, Environmental studies.

coursework, Environmental studies.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey of Fanshawe Gate Farm: A report on vegetation monitoring strategy and an indication of the NVC vegetation communities that are present in the

site. And also an outline of Faunal monitoring strategy. Discuss key concepts and techniq

Project description
FANSHAWE GATE FARM – TARGET NOTES AND FIELD DATA

1. Small area of tall ruderal vegetation with thistles (Cirsium spp) and nettle (Urtica dioica). There appears to a leak from a cesspit in to this area. This area does

not appear to be cut with the rest of the field.
2. Semi-improved grassland with some evidence that diversity increases slightly down slope. There is narrow band (1-2m) of taller vegetation around the field edges,

slightly wider below trees on western and northern boundaries. There is a thin band of bracken on the eastern edge.
3. Unimproved grassland. The northern part of the field (below the line of the removed wall) appears more herb-rich than the southern part of the field. Good number of

waxcap fungi (Hygrocybe spp) present. Much evidence of badger feeding activity.
4. Badger sett
5. Badger sett
6. Area of predominantly neutral unimproved grassland. Small patches of acid grassland present particularly on steeper slopes in the east of the field. Merges to

marshy grassland in the west of the field.
Good number of waxcap fungi (Hygrocybe spp) present.
7. Marshy grassland. Considerable trampling in the north of the area adjacent to the stream and eroded path from the gate to the stream.
A patch of rose scrub near the southern edge of the field appears to have been recently cleared.
8. Complex field. Marshy grassland near the stream grading in to species poor neutral unimproved grassland as the ground rises. Unimproved acid grassland present in

the southern half of the field where the slopes are steeper. Good number of waxcap fungi (Hygrocybe spp) present.
There is much scrub over the acid grassland. This exists largely as scattered bushes but forms continuous scrub in a few places. A patch of rose scrub near the

southern edge of the field appears to have been recently cleared
9. Species poor unimproved grassland.
10. Raised strip along southern edge of field. Vegetation is taller than the rest of the field and is species poor. This strip appears not to be cut with the rest of

the field.
11. Semi-improved neutral grassland. Herbs are abundant but only a small number of species present

Species Quadrat
1 2 3 4 5
Agrostis capillaris Common bent 5 5 6 7 5
Plantago lanceolata Ribwort plantain 4 4 5 4 4
Anthoxanthum odoratum Sweet vernal-grass 4 4 3 4 5
Conopodium majus Pignut 3 5 5 5 3
Festuca rubra Red fescue 5 5 3 3 3
Holcus lanatus Yorkshire fog 5 4 5 5 3
Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus Springy turf moss 3 3 2 4 3
Ranunculus acris Meadow buttercup 2 3 2 5 2
Lotus corniculatus Bird’s-foot trefoil 2 2 4 3 4
Trifolium repens White clover 5 3 4 4 2
Trifolium pratense Red clover 5 2 6 1 5
Cynosurus cristatus Crested dog’stail grass 3 3 5 1 5
Heracleum sphondylium Hogweed 4 5 1 1 4
Trisetum flavescens Yellow oat-grass 4 2 1 2 3
Centaurea nigra Hardhead 1 4 1 2 2
Hypochaeris radicata Common cat’sear 4 3 3 1 3
Cerastium fontanum Mouse-ear chickweed 2 1 2 3 1
Dactylis glomerata Cock’sfoot 1 3 2 2 1
Ranunculus bulbosus Bulbous buttercup 3 3 3 2 1
Rumex acetosa Common sorrel 2 2 2 3 1
Lathyrus pratensis Meadow vetchling 3 4 * 2 3
Brachythecium rutabulum Rough-stalked Feather-moss 3 * 2 3 3
Luzula campestris Field woodrush * 3 3 * 2
Veronica chamaeydrys Germander speedwell 3 * * 2 2
Taraxacum officinale agg Dandelion 2 2 * * 1
Vicia sepium Bush vetch 1 * * 1 1
Plagiomnium undulatum Hart’s-tongue Thyme-moss * * 2 * 3
Trifolium dubium Lesser hop trefoil * 2 * * 3
Prunella vulgaris Selfheal * * * 1 3
Rhinanthus minor Yellow rattle * * 1 * 2
Leucanthemum vulgare Oxeye daisy 1 * * * 1
Lolium perenne Perennial ryegrass 1 * * * 1
Crepis capillaris Smooth hawk’s-beard * * * * 3
Calliergonella cuspidata Pointed Spear-moss * * 2 * *
Cirsium arvense Creeping thistle 2 * * * *
Vicia cracca Tufted vetch * * * 2 *
Alchemilla xanthochlora Lady’s mantle * * * * 1