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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 938
 Date Entered 06/08/2016
 Updated on 06/08/2016
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree Site Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 27/07/2016
 Location Gilmonby Moor. West Plantation.
 Civil Parish Gilmonby
 Brit. National Grid NY 986 123
 Altitude 345m
 Record Name Gilmonby Moor. West Plantation. The best example of a mature conifer plantation in the N.E. Pennines.
 Record Description West Plantation is a mature plantation of mature larch, scots pine, pedunculated oak, downy birch and a single beech.West Plantation is located on the lower slopes of Gilmonby Moor astride the unfenced road from Bowes/Gilmonby Bridge to Sleightholme and thence to the Tan Hill road as an unsurfaced track. As all good mature plantations should be, the trees are widely spaced and able to reach their natural full proportions. West Plantations is unfenced and is readily seen and can be admired from the unfenced road.
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 Additional Notes The mature larch trees attain their full proportions and have the appearance of large Bedouin tents as their long lower branches rest on the ground and are capable of self layering. These fine trees are a refuge for many species of birds which are, today. all too uncommon. At my brief recent visit, I recognised song thrush, common wren, siskin and several unidentified small birds in the the upper foliage of the trees. Beside several tit species, gold crested wrens will surely be present.
 Image 1 ID 6810         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Specimen larch trees are a feature of West Plantation.
 Image 2 ID 6808         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description View westward across Stainmore to Mickle Fell from West Plantation.
 Image 3 ID 6809         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Specimen larch trees
 Image 4 ID 6823         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Scots pine.
 Image 5 ID 6812         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The plantation as seen from the unfenced road to Sleightholme.
 Image 6 ID 6813         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The plantation as seen from the unfenced road to Sleightholme.
 Image 7 ID 6815         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description West Plantation. Foliage of larch in May.
 Image 8 ID 6820         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description West Plantation. Downy birch with witches broom
 Image 9 ID 6819         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description West Plantation. Downy birch, detail.
 Image 10 ID 6818         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Detail at base of larch and track to the open moor.
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