Super Sexy Surveying Innit’ (SSSI) or maybe it’s Sites of Special Scientific Interest….


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The rangers and volunteers spent a week with Natural England regional officer Flemming in assessing the status of our heathland Special Sites of Scientific Interest (SSSI).  Every few years the SSSI sites need to be surveyed to check grazing pressure, presence of disease or pests, age structure and health of vegetation and disturbance.  We walked roughly 100 metre transects looking out for bare ground, signs of invasive species and general vegetation characteristic, and then periodically stopped to get coverage percentages using a quadrat sampling method.

Flemming training us on how to assess the heath within the quadrat Flemming training us on how to assess the heath within the quadrat

Dan C and Dan F started to foster an intense interest in lichens Dan C and Dan F started to foster an intense interest in lichens

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It was really interesting spending time on the heath with Flemming, an incredibly knowledgeable man. I learnt how to differentiate between bell heather, cross leaved heather and ling (common heather), that tufty mosses (acrocarpous) indicate that ground has been disturbed…

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