Greenham and Crookham Commons Management Plan 2009-2014: HLS agreement: HK6



HK6 - Maintenance of species-rich, semi-natural grassland

Land parcels managed under this option:

General description of the management required

This option is targeted at the maintenance and protection of areas of species-rich grassland. The importance of species-rich grassland is recognised by the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). The option can also contribute to protecting valued landscapes and archaeology, and the promotion of good soil conditions.

This management is intended to benefit the following features:

Management Prescriptions; the dos and don'ts

The following rules apply across the whole area being managed under this option.

Indicators of Success

Grassland within Greenham and Crookham Commons SSSI

Grassland not designated SSSI

Additional notes

Management plans informing the maintenance of grassland under this agreement include:

Where the grazing system involves livestock managed and/or owned by others, e.g. commoners' livestock, there should be regular and timely liaison with livestock managers/owners.

Where grazing is not possible or grazing is not having the desired effect, other means of managing vegetation will be necessary.

Since all land under this agreement is Open Access Land, management of recreational pressures will be crucial to achieving the agreement objectives. This is particularly relevant where management is seeking to provide suitable habitat for ground-nesting birds such as Nightjar or wader species.

BAP lowland acid grassland indicator species are listed in the Farm Environment Plan handbook.

Until management on Greenham and Crookham Commons can be informed by the Historic Environment Management Plan to be produced in Year 1, activities which cause disturbance to the ground or alteration of archaeological/historical features are not permitted and your Natural England contact should be informed immediately of declining condition and/or threats to the historic/archaeological features.