Scientific name Pteridium aquilinum – Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub
Common name Bracken – Bramble scrub
Community code SC1C


SC1C map: Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub

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This community is typically dominated by a mixture of the broad fronds of Pteridium aquilinum and the thorny stems of Rubus fruticosus agg. Other common components are tall tussocks of Arrhenatherum elatius, some spiny growth of Ulex europaeus, and, beneath, some patchy cover of Agrostis stolonifera and Ranunculus repens. Frequently, one will find some Dactylis glomerata, Galium aparine, Holcus lanatus, Rumex obtusifolius, Teucrium scorodonia or Viola riviniana/reichenbachiana.


Most records of this community currently come from hedgebanks and field boundaries in the lowlands, but also included here are other types of  bracken-dominated vegetation in the lowlands.



No sub-communities are described.


Similar communities

This community is rather closely aligned with the SC1D Ulex europaeus – Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub. Whilst still a constant there, Pteridium is much less abundant and clearly subordinate to Ulex. Upland stands of dense bracken are poorly accommodated by the SC1C community; further work and data are required to describe these stands.

Conservation value

Vegetation corresponding to this community is typically of relatively low conservation value.



Field boundaries may be lost due to enlargement of fields, agricultural improvement and urban developments. Where spread of bracken is an issue, it may be controlled by cutting, rolling or spraying.