Scientific name Ulex europaeus – Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub
Common name Gorse – Bramble scrub
Community code SC1D


SC1D map: Ulex europaeus - Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub

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The tall, spiny, blue-green growth of Ulex europaeus dominates this species-poor scrub community. Both Pteridium aquilinum and Rubus fruticosus agg. are also constants, and whilst sometimes abundant, usually offer scant cover. No other species are more than occasional; the most likely companions to be noted here are Arrhenatherum elatius and  Holcus lanatus. In spring, the blue flowers of Hyacinthoides non-scripta may be seen.


This community forms scrub on abandoned land in the lowlands and may also be found along field boundaries. Due to its thorny and rather commonplace nature, it has been vastly under-recorded



No sub-communities are described.


Similar communities

This community is rather closely aligned with the SC1C Pteridium aquilinum – Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub. Whilst still a constant there, Ulex is less abundant.

Conservation value

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



Field boundaries and scrub may be lost due to enlargement of fields, agricultural improvement and urban developments.