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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie F,S,A,

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 296
 Date Entered 02/11/2011
 Updated on 03/02/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Tree/Shrub Record
 Record Type Botanical HER
 SWAAG Site Name 
 Site Type 
 Site Name 
 Site Description 
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 29/09/2011
 Location Birkdale Common. Uldale Beck Falls
 Civil Parish Muker
 Brit. National Grid NY 81220 03296
 Altitude 525m
 Geology Namurian sandstones and shales above the Crow Limestone.Ravine below waterfall.
 Record Name Birkdale Common. Uldale Beck Falls. Isolated Rowan.
 Record Description A twin stem rowan and a single stem rowan are the only trees here. The three stems probably rise from an ancient common bole. The acidic moorland vegetation on the cliff by the Falls is dominated by ferns with Hard Fern and Broad Buckler Fern the only species present
 Dimensions See photos
 Geographical area Upper Swaledale
 Species Rowan
 Scientific Name Sorbus aucuparia
 Common / Notable Species 
 Tree and / or Stem Girth .95m
 Tree: Position / Form / Status Multi stem, stunted. Notable tree.
 Tree Site ID 295
 Associated Site SWAAG ID 0
 Additional Notes This isolated rowan is the sole survivor of woodland once more widespread and diverse at the highest elevations close to the sources of the Swale. Whereas recent woodland was probably confined to the comparative shelter of the steep sided gills, tree remains in peat show that during prehistoric time woodland extended across upland that is now open and treeless moor to the highest ground above 600m. Tree species preserved below peat identified to date include pine, birch and willow. Where sheep have been removed from Shunner Fell in an attempt to preserve the arctic alpine flora,self seeded trees are beginning to re-colonise.
 Image 1 ID 1139         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Uldale Beck. Ravine below waterfall.
 Image 2 ID 1133         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Birkdale Common. Uldale Beck. The falls
 Image 3 ID 1135         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Birkdale Common. Uldale Beck Falls. The multistem rowan.
 Image 4 ID 1136         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description 
 Image 5 ID 1137         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Hard fern. The dominant fern at Uldale Beck falls, with Broad Buckler Fern also.
 Image 6 ID 1138         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Broad Buckler and Hard Fern groing at Uldale Beck Falls.
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