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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 629
 Date Entered 28/10/2012
 Updated on 28/10/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Private
 Location Whitfield Scar (as seen from Askrigg Pasture)
 Civil Parish Askrigg
 Brit. National Grid SD 927 926
 Altitude 440m
 Geology Sheer south facing Scar or cliff formed by the Underset Limestone
 Record Name Species poor, depleted native woodland on and below Whitfield Scar with mature landscaping plantations.
 Record Description This Tree Site Record is intended to provide a comparison and contrasting record from Wensleydale to the species rich cliff woodlands of both Upper and Lower Swaledale. However, the limestone scars of Mid Swaledale are very similar in that the high limestone scars or cliffs located between Reeth and Muker, including the high scars at Winterings Edge above Gunnerside Gill are similar being also virtually barren of trees, supporting only depleted native woodland. The very few trees on Whitfield Scar are all small rowans which can only be detected by telescopic lens. However the surviving presence of one ancient rowan in a sheepfold below the Scar points to the one-time existence of native woodland here. The Plantations here are very fine and contribute greatly to the Wensleydale Landscape. Unlike the planted larches below Hooker Mill Scar on Kisdon Side in Swaledale,which have colonised the nearby cliffs, the plantation larches have not self seeded and have not colonised Whitfield Scar. Probably for the reason that Whitfield Scar may be accessible to adventurous and starving rabbits.
 Image 1 ID 3518         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Whitfield Scar and plantations below.
 Image 2 ID 3519         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Whitfield Scar with planted larches and ancient native rowan.
 Image 3 ID 3520         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Whitfield Scar, detail of larches and rowan.
 Image 4 ID 3521         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Whitfield Scar. Small rowan at top edge of the cliff.
 Image 5 ID 3522         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Whitfield Scar
 Image 6 ID 3523         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Whitfield Scar
 Image 7 ID 3524         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description 
 Image 8 ID 3526         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Plantation on Askrigg Pasture.
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