|Scientific name||Crataegus monogyna – Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub|
|Common name||Hawthorn –Bramble scrub|
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Crataegus monogyna, Rubus fruticosus agg. and Hedera helix provide the bulk of the vegetation in this scrubby community. Beneath, Galium aparine and Urtica dioica are constants, as are the coarse grasses Dactylis glomerata, Arrhenatherum elatius, Agrostis stolonifera and Holcus lanatus. Several ferns are frequently found here: Dryopteris filix-mas, Polystichum setiferum, Phyllitis scolopendrium and Pteridium aquilinum.
All current records of this community come from hedgerows and hedgebanks in the lowlands, but hawthorn scrub, invading abandoned fields and fringing woodland, can probably also be included here. Due to its thorny and rather commonplace nature, it has been vastly under-recorded.
No sub-communities are described.
Community SC1A is similar in character, but Prunus spinosa is invariably present in that assemblage.
Vegetation corresponding to this community is typically of relatively low conservation value.
Hedgerows would once have been periodically layed to maintain their vigour and make them stockproof. Today, the vast majority of hedges are mechanically flailed. Hedgerows and scrub may be lost due to enlargement of fields, agricultural improvement and urban developments.