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Willen Lake

Meadow description

This is a small area of park grassland that over the last few years the Trust has been managing as a July hay cut. This has been in an attempt to improve the species richness of the field, but I am not aware of any other specific restoration techniques used.

Relatively species-rich meadow, with prominent high abandance of legumes, three Vicia species (up to 40%) and Trifolium dubium (up to 80%) in places. 12 grass species dominate the site, with Alopecurus pratensis (up to 65%), Lolium perenne (up to 40%) and Cynosurus cristatus (up to 10%).

This site has a very high similarity to the MG7D - Lolium perenne leys and related grasslands, Lolium perenne-Alopecurus pratensis grassland. However, the meadow has good potential to be restored to a more species rich MG4 type grassland. Groundwater fluctuates along the entire soil profile up to 10 cm depth below ground. The top soil looks quite nutrient-rich,  supported by Ellenberg's indicator scores for some locations, where N=6.9 (reatively high). The double cut suggested in 2012 would still be beneficial to species diversity, which currently varies from 7 to 18 species per 1 m2. 

* Conservation designations are as follows:
SSSI: Site of Special Scientific Interest
NNR: National Nature Reserve
SAC: Special Area of Conservation
RAM: Ramsar Site
SPA: Special Protection Area
WT: Local Wildlife Trust Reserve
NT: National Trust Reserve
VCO: Other Voluntary Conservation Organisation Reserve
CL: Registered Common Land
NS: Non-statutory site

Meadow location

OS Grid RefSP8773641126

Meadow data

Meadow ownerMK Park Trust
Catchment areaunknown
Size (hectares)0.46
Conservation designation*unassigned

Information held in the meadows database

Hydrological monitoringyes
Hydrological modellingno