Scientific name Rubus fruticosus agg. – Holcus lanatus wayside community
Common name Bramble – Yorkshire-fog wayside community
Community code SC1E

 

SC1E map: Rubus fruticosus agg. - Holcus lanatus wayside community

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Vegetation

This is a variable community in which Rubus fruticosus agg., Holcus lanatus and Agrostis stolonifera are the only constant species. Frequent species include other plants of rather rank grassland, such as Dactylis glomerata, Arrhenatherum elatius, Potentilla anserina, Plantago lanceolata and Ranunculus repens. Trifolium repens is also frequent here but produces sparse cover. There are a large number of typically mesotrophic species that are occasional companions.

Ecology

This is a lowland community on fairly neutral soils of waysides, field margins, rank verges and abandoned fields, which are in the process of transitioning from grassland to scrub.

 

Sub-communities

No sub-communities are described.

 

Similar communities

This community has some affinity with the GL3C Festuca rubra – Plantago lanceolata grassland, from which it may be derived, but differs in the abundance of Rubus fruticosus agg. and the relative scarcity of meadow species such as Festuca rubra, Cynosurus cristatus, Trifolium pratense and Centaurea nigra.

Conservation value

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

 

Management

This community generally reflects an abandonment of grazing or mowing practices.