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Dingle Wood - Unit 1

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Staff member responsible for SSSI unit: Juliet Hynes
Unit ID: 1013430
Unit area: 9 hectares
Main habitat: Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland - lowland
Condition:   Favourable
Latest assessment date: 07 July 2011
Condition assessment comment: Extent of woodland maintained, including the more interesting Scowles area. Canopy c80% (60-100); understory c40% (20-90); locally open spaces are present; old trees (Yew, ash and Small-leaved Lime) are present only in the Scowles area which also has most of the wood fallen dead wood (otherwise rare); three or more age classes are present, though much rather even-aged. Some seedlings are growing through sufficently to maintain a canopy in future but deer browsing is obvious through the wood with a clear browse line and some species such as Holly heavily browsed. The canopy has various non-native species including Sycamore but below 5%. The shrub layer also has Sycamore at close to the limit of acceptability. Ground flora includes large patch of the alien Galeobdolon luteum ssp argentatum. Ground flora in the Scowles includes Paris quadrifolia and Neottia nidus-avis. Overall just passes but deer browsing and alien trees mean it is at risk.
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