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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 323
 Date Entered 11/11/2011
 Updated on 05/12/2011
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Location Birkdale Common. Little Sleddale. Ravine below Upper Falls.
 Civil Parish Muker
 Brit. National Grid NY 8305 0187
 Altitude 435m
 Geology Thin bedded sandstones and shales with visible coal seam (The Tan Hill Coal?. Tufa forming spring at base of cliff.
 Record Name MUK107. Birkdale Common. Little Sleddale. Ravine below Upper Falls. Aspen Clones on cliff below Upper Falls.
 Record Description Type Site B Acidic vegetation with local enrichment with Butterwort (Pinguicula) at tufa spring. Steep riverside cliff with tufa springs. East facing with Aspen clones, Rowan and Dog rose. See LR Plant List Representative of Site Type B.
 Geographical area Upper Swaledale
 Species Aspen
 Scientific Name Populus tremula
 Common / Notable Species Cowberry present
 Tree: Position / Form / Status Cloned colony four generations.
 Additional Notes This fine colony of aspen was the first record of aspen to be recognised during this survey. These trees are like flames projecting from the the top of the waterfall ravine in autumn, see photos.
 Image 1 ID 1193         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Little Sleddale. View over Birkdale Common towards Coldbergh Edge.
 Image 2 ID 1194         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Little Sleddale Beck. Ravine below Upper falls.
 Image 3 ID 1195         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Birkdale Common . Flames from Little Sleddale.
 Image 4 ID 1196         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Little Sleddale. Upper Falls with juniper, rowan and aspen grove in ravine below falls.
 Image 5 ID 1197         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Aspen grove.
 Image 6 ID 1198         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description View from stream level.
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