Hawthorn Scrub – W21
Crataegus monogyna – Hedera helix scrub
Absent only from peat.
Most neutral or base-rich soils.
Hawthorn is dominant, often accompanied by Blackthorn, Elder, Rose & Bramble species, Honeysuckle with Rowan, Ash or Hazel as trees. On the Magnesian Limestone species such as Privet & Dogwood may occur, and a wider range of roses (R. pimpinellifolia, R. mollis, R. coriifolia, R. afzeliana). Blackthorn may replace hawthorn as the dominant shrub on the coast being more tolerant of salt spray.
Ground Flora and Fauna
Ivy and Bramble
Extremely variable from scattered shrubs to dense continuous cover.
- Intervention rarely required unless encroaching on other valued habitat.
- Maintain or create areas of open space.
Planting Sites for New woods
Woodland margins, road verges, coastal and escarpment sites.
Grassland/scrub mosaics. Design to promote diversity of structure and a high proportion of open space. Planting mixtures dominated by shrub species common in the locality (Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Dog Rose etc.) with occasional trees (Ash, Rowan). Less common species could be allowed to colonise naturally.