|Scientific name||Ulex europaeus – Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub|
|Common name||Gorse – Bramble 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.
This community is rather closely aligned with the SC1C Pteridium aquilinum – Rubus fruticosus agg. scrub. Whilst still a constant there, Ulex is less abundant.
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.