Site Description

An 'Exmoor Ponies in Conservation' project

An Introduction to the Myers Allotment conservation project


Site Description

The best description of the site is neglected unimproved limestone grassland which is severely overgrown with hawthorn / birch / hazel scrub and blackthorn .  The grassland glades still in existence are heavily grazed by rabbits and densely populated with ragwort and other non desirable perennial herbs such as creeping thistle.  Other habitats on the site include limestone pavement (protected under a Lancashire County Council Limestone Pavement Order), an ancient semi-natural woodland and a small cliff / escarpment.  There are numerous ant hills (both active and inactive) on the grassland and some interesting flora has been observed.  The grassland, especially on the upper glades is dominated by the nationally scarce blue moor grass Sesleria albicans, intermixed with rock-rose, salad burnet and early purple orchid amongst a host of other calcareous grassland species.  On the limestone pavement and the fringes of the grassland there are numerous juniper bushes (of local importance) many in a healthy condition, and with appropriate management they could easily spread beyond their current range.