Ecological Surveys 1996 - 1998
Mosses on the Project Site
|Mosses were becoming increasingly important on the
project site in terms of abundance.
Initially, very few mosses were found on the site. These included Hypnum andoi, which was probably a relict of the original woodland cover and Brachythecium rutabulum. The presence of this latter species may indicate that the soil is currently more fertile than would be normal on an established heathland site.
Polytrichum formosum, which is characteristic of acid soils, was present in very small amounts (Figure below). However, by 1998, Polytrichum formosum had become the third most dominant species on the site and was co-dominant with Heather in section 9.
It is likely that other species of Polytrichum more characteristic of heaths (P. juniperum and P. piliferum) will eventually colonize the area.
Several other mosses characteristic of heathlands are also present. These include Campylopus paradoxus, C. pyriformis and Hypnum jutlandicum.
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Ecological Surveys 96 - 98