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Pond and Meadows

Pond

The pond is groundwater and rainwater fed, with gently-sloping bare sandy margins, fairly recently-created by excavating a sandy hollow. It sits at the furthest point at the far end of Three Hagges Wood-Meadow.

Species of interest:

  • Iris pseudacorus
  • Damselflies (Zygoptera)
  • Dragonflies (Anisoptera)

Peterken Meadow (Lowland wet meadow)

  • The Peterken meadow was originally sown with MG4 lowland seed mix Sanguisorba officinalis - Alopecurus pratensis (great burnet-meadow foxtail) grassland in early May 2013, into a stale seed bed.
  • Named as such after our Patron and woodland ecologist Prof. George Peterken, who commented when he first visited the site that we appeared to be creating a ‘wood-meadow’.
  • The Peterken meadow is being monitored annually by means of fixed point quadrats for presence of vascular plant species and their percentage cover abundance (link to data). Plant species in this area include:
    • Greater bird's-foot-trefoil (Lotus uliginosus)
    • Ragged robin (Lychnis flos-cuculi)
    • Yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)
    • Common knapweed (Centaurea nigra)
    • Self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Lowland dry meadow

  • The lowland dry meadow was sown with MG5 lowland seed mix Cynosurus cristatus- Centaurea nigra (crested dog’s tail - common knapweed) grassland also in early May 2013..
  • MG5 grasslands are characteristically species rich, ranging from 12-38 species in 4 m2 quadrat (Rodwell, 1992).
  • MSc student Keith McSweeney carried out a NVC survey on this area in June 2017, which matched to vegetation classification MG5 (link to report and data).
  • The MG5 meadow is also being monitored annually by means of fixed point quadrats for presence of vascular plant species and their percentage cover abundance (link to data). Plant species in this area include:
    • Common knapweed (Centaurea nigra)
    • Ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
    • Bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)
    • Lady’s bedstraw (Galium verum)
    • Common sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
    • Ribwort plantain (Plantago lanceolate)