Blackthorn Scrub – W22
Prunus spinosa – Rubus fruticosus scrub
Widespread but sparse. More common on the East Durham Plateau
Woodland margins. Abandoned grassland.
Generally associated with mesotrophic soils, avoiding both strongly acid soils, droughty rendzinas and infertile sites.
Absent from peat. More common on Magnesian Limestone.
Blackthorn overwhelmingly dominant with occasional Hazel or Wild Privet.
Ground Flora and Fauna
Ivy and Bramble
Dense Blackthorn dominated thickets usually to 4m in height.
Intervention rarely required unless encroaching on other valued habitat.
Planting Sites for New Woods
Coastal sites. Woodland margins on moist, moderately base rich soils.
Blackthorn dominated stands.