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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 508
 Date Entered 02/05/2012
 Updated on 02/02/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Location Gunnerside Gill West Bank
 Civil Parish Melbecks
 Brit. National Grid NY 9383 0029
 Altitude 402m
 Geology Drift over Yoredale Series.
 Record Name Relict woodland on West Bank of Gunnerside Gill above the Sir Francis Level.
 Record Description This record details depleted relict limestone ash woodland at 345m AOD above the stream near the Sir Francis Mine together with evidence that this woodland once extended across the open fell to an elevation of at least 440m AOD.
 Dimensions From Bodger Gill to the track from the Sir Francis Mine.
 Geographical area Mid Swaledale
 Species Downy birch.
 Scientific Name Betula pubescens
 Common / Notable Species Sallow, occasional Hazel and Alder.
 Additional Notes Wood anemone and other indicator plants of woodland on the open fell at NY9374300214, 433m AOD. Massed blue bells cover the whole hillslope above the limit of woodland at 345m up to 410m AOD. Downy birch, Sallow, Rowan, Hazel and Alders the only tree species present today near the stream. The occasional ancient pollarded alders may represent survivors from the height of the mining operations.
 Image 1 ID 2753         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description View towards the Sir Francis Mine from the track. The woodland is mainly downy birch with alders, hazel and sallow. The presence of bluebells and other indicator plants confirm that woodlan once extended across the open fell to around 450m AOD.
 Image 2 ID 2743         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Wood anemone on the open fell at 433m aod.
 Image 3 ID 2744         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description 
 Image 4 ID 2745         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Massed bluebells on open fell.
 Image 5 ID 2746         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Anemones and primroses.
 Image 6 ID 2747         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description 
 Image 7 ID 2748         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description 
 Image 8 ID 2749         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Isolated hawthorn, sole survivor of the woodland.
 Image 9 ID 2750         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Isolated hawthorn
 Image 10 ID 2751         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Isolated hawthorn, detail
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