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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 339
 Date Entered 18/11/2011
 Updated on 13/02/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 17/11/2011
 Location West Arngill Scar
 Civil Parish Muker
 Brit. National Grid NY 9130 0020
 Altitude 400m
 Geology Main Limestone and talus slope
 Record Name MUK161 West Arngill Scar. Type C Species-rich Limestone ashwood with isolated juniper.
 Record Description Species rich limestone ashwood on sheer limestone cliff with several fine yews,ash, wych elm,gooseberry, holly, hazel,sallow,rowan, dog rose and downy birch on chert strata at the top edge of the Scar. Most notably an isolated juniper (prostrate form) grows 1m above the base of the cliff. Alder woodland with many ancient pollards and occasional blackthorn, hawthorn,hazel, elder on the spring flushed lower slopes below the cliff. Recorded seperately, SWAAG HER379. There are very many fine specimen trees of all the above species on and below West Arngill Scar. The vegetation has not yet been fully recorded, further visit required. (SD 9130 0020 centre)
 Dimensions West Arngill Scar is approx 300m in length.
 Geographical area Upper Swaledale
 Species Juniper, prostrate form.
 Scientific Name J.comm. ssp nana.
 Common / Notable Species Ash, wych elm, downy birch, gooseberry, hazel,sallow, rowan, rose sp,rowan
 Additional Notes The native woodland on and below this fine scar provides a rare transect from the highest limestone scar down to the river floodplain of the woodland communities which once would have been widespread on the dale sides throughout Swaledale.
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 Image 1 Description West Arngill Scar seen from West Arngill.
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 Image 10 Description Isolated Juniper at base of cliff with holly ,wych elm, hazel, ash and yew.
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 Image 11 Description Juniper, prostrate form at base of cliff. Yew and holly on cliff also.
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 Image 12 Description Juniper, etail.
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 Image 13 Description Holly at top edge of cliff. 400mAOD.
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 Image 14 Description Ash with exposed root system on face of cliff
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 Image 15 Description Ash with exposed roots. Note destabilising and destruction of the limestone rock face by the ash tree roots
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