Gorse Scrub – W23
Ulex europaeus scrub
Widespread. Absent from high moorlands.
Continuous or open scrub.
Absent only from peat.
Free draining, mesotrophic & oligotrophic.
Usually dominated by Gorse, occasionally with Broom and Bramble
Ground fFora and Fauna
The herb layer is often non-existent under the dense shade of the scrub.
Gorse dominated low canopy 2 – 3m either continuous or in a mosaic with grassland.
- Intervention rarely required unless encroaching on other valued habitat.
Planting Sites for New Woods
Infertile sites – mineral wastes. In most cases there will be alternatives with greater nature conservation or landscape value. Management can be a problem, particularly fire hazard & encroachment of other habitats.
Single species stands of Gorse or Gorse and Broom.