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North Exmoor - Unit 1

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Staff member responsible for SSSI unit: Flemming Ulf-hansen
Unit ID: 1014442
Unit area: 373 hectares
Main habitat: Broadleaved, mixed and yew woodland - upland
Condition:   Unfavourable recovering
Latest assessment date: 29 October 2010
Condition assessment comment: Visited by contractor in Nov-Feb 2008/2009 as part of Exmoor Woodland Deer Survey 2009. Assessed as 5 blocks. The unit favourable except in Block 4 for Regeneration because of the presence of very little regeneration of native canopy trees within areas heavily deer grazed. Lichen assemblage: was assessed by Sanderson 2009 as Unfavourable Declining from undergrazing with too little stock grazing leading to shrubs too dense on floodplains locally. Woodland Birds feature assessed at SSSI level: favourable. Otter feature: favourable assessment at SSSI level as evidence of presence in last 5 years. Bat (both species) feature: insufficient survey work to assess adequately but indications are the species are not meeting the FCT baselines but as indirect attributes (woodland feature condition) are meeting thresholds as they affect bats, the feature is hudged Unfavourable Recovering. Regeneration is addressed at a wider scale by the agreement of a new Horner Wood Management Plan and the lichen condition by a specific targeted programme of works and by measures to encourage grazing around the fringes of the wood. This unit is given an overall condition assessment of Unfavourable Recovering.
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