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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 722
 Date Entered 05/05/2013
 Updated on 05/05/2013
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 03/05/2013
 Location Walden Head. Willys Gill. Wind Egg Scar
 Civil Parish Burton cum Walden
 Brit. National Grid SD 978 815
 Altitude 460m
 Geology Wind Egg is at 460m elevation and formed from The Main Limestone with overlying Richmond Chert and is the upper of three limestone scars or cliffs formed at different elevations on the eastern side of Willy's Gill Beck. Fairy Scar,the middle scar with the prominant the isolated slumped cliff stack being formed from The Underset Limestone. The lowest,Falls Scar is formed by the Middle Limestone.
 Record Name Walden Head. Willy's Gill. Wind Egg Scar. Depleted limestone ashwood at 460m.
 Record Description Relict depleted limestone ashwood community on small Scar or limestone cliff formed from the Main Limestone and overlying Richmond Chert strata.
 Dimensions See photos
 Geographical area Wensleydale
 Species Rowan and Hawthorn only
 Common / Notable Species Rowan, Hawthorn only. See photos and above.
 Additional Notes  This records the trees on Wind Egg which is the Uppermost Scar in Willy's Gill at 460m elevation, at the upper limit of trees in the North East Pennine Dales. Wind Egg supports just isolated trees of Rowan and Hawthorn. Lower down Willys Gill and in comparative shelter, the Middle and Lower Scars (see SWAAG Records to follow this)support a more varied limestone ashwood community with mature ash trees, a small cloned colony of about 12 aspens, a few downy birch, wych elms (all visibly dead, but probably springing from the roots, rowans, sallows, shrub willows, much vigorous bird cherry, rowan, hazel, hawthorn and blackthorn and downy rose. Recorded and photographed from the opposite bank of Willy's Gill Beck. Notably absent are yews and juniper which would probably be present at similar elevation and localities in Swaledale.
 Image 1 ID 4400         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Walden Head. Willy's Gill. Wind Egg Scar from west.
 Image 2 ID 4401         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Walden Head. Wind Egg Scar. Limestone cliff accessible to sheep and with rowan and hawthorn only.
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