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Kempley Daffodil Meadow - Unit 1

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Staff member responsible for SSSI unit: Alisa Swanson
Unit ID: 1013437
Unit area: 1 hectares
Main habitat: Neutral grassland - lowland
Condition:   Favourable
Latest assessment date: 17 May 2011
Condition assessment comment: Daffodil covered 75% of the whole field and was recorded at density between 40 to 60% cover at 10 different stops. There were areas of less dense cover <25% daffodils (at the entrance, along the north-eastern boundary and in the far southern corner of the field). However, these have all been recorded on previous visits. The centre of the field was sparser than the rest of the field with coverage borderline 40% compare to the rest of the field. Should be monitored. No creeping thistles or curled dock were seen. On the southern boundary there was a fallen tree (did not look recent) and adjacent to the large wood stockpile mentioned in 2007 (still present). The fallen tree should be removed soon to allow the grassland sward (underneath) to be maintained. No other scrub/tree encroachment. Rutting around the main gate was localised and within a couple of metres from the gate. There were mole hills but these did not seem to be having a significant impact on the daffodils. Grassland sward was in good condition, low litter content, not much bare ground and average 5cm in sward height. Other species seen frequent throughout the field – lesser celandine, common sorrel, cuckooflower and creeping buttercup. Lots of bumblebees.
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