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Pierrepont Farm
wildlife monitoring report, August 2013

Floral survey in the Wey Meadow SSSI

by Bill Young

One-metre square quadrats were placed randomly in the meadow, and the species present in each quadrat were identified. Some species outside of the quadrat areas were also recorded, as were some terrestrial invertebrates.

The following genus/species were recorded:

Quadrat 1
Devil’s-Bit Scabious Creeping Buttercup Ribwort Plantain
Common Cat’s-Ear Fen Bedstraw Red Clover
Bulbous Buttercup Rough Hawksbeard Common Club-Rush
Meadow Vetchling Germander Speedwell
Quadrat 2
Ragwort Devil’s-Bit Scabious Heath Spotted Orchid
Creeping Buttercup Ribwort Plantain Common Club-Rush
Germander Speedwell Rough Hawksbeard Fen Bedstraw
Greater Bird’s-Foot Trefoil Common Cat’s-Ear

In total, 14 different plant species were recorded within two square metres.

Other vascular plants noted but outside of the quadrat areas were:

Lesser Spearwort Purple Loosestrife Meadowsweet
Knapweed Common Fleabane Herb Bennett
Yarrow Headge Parsley Marsh Willowherb
Sorrell Marsh Thistle Lesser Stitchwort
Marsh Woundwort Rosebay Willowherb Forget-me-not
Tufted Vetch Galingale Water Pepper
Hedge Bindweed Potentilla (Silver Leaf) Gypsywort
Mouse-Ear Redshank Cudweed

Alse seen was Roselle’s Bush Cricket, Araneus quadratus (an orb-web spider), and several shield bugs of different species.

Recommendations
Southern marsh orchids in the Wey Meadow SSSI should be counted biennially in mid-June to check that numbers are not diminishing.

Numbers of vascular plant species in the Wey Meadow should be recorded in random quadrate annually in July in order to acquire long-term data on species richness.

A diversity index of vascular plant species in Tankersford Wood coppice should be carried out each spring to check on progress.