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Status: Local Wildlife Site (CWS/SINC)
Local Nature Reserve
Summary: Important surviving south-facing scarp with landslip characteristics.
Description: In the past extensive areas of scrub developed on areas of former open grassland, and efforts have been made to manage these to return to open habitats.
It is essential from an invertebrate point of view that grasslands at the LNR are not managed using any form of intensive cutting, unless this could be achieved over a long coppice-like rotation. Evidence from aerial google aerial images suggests that cutting in recent years has been far too extensive over the LNR. There needs to be a continuity of flower, vegetative and other herbaceous resources required by the many invertebrate species dependent on them, as well as an element of disturbance to maintain areas of bare and sparsely vegetated ground. This is not achieved by a regime of cutting.
Deptford Pink at Belton Hills
Spiny Rest-harrow at Belton Hills
Unmown grassland in 2001
south-east scarp in 2001
Scarp in 2001
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