Brownhills and the Slough
Brownhills Common consists of a mosaic of several habitat types. Marshy grassland with scattered flush communities cover sizeable areas of the site. These are dominated by purple moor-grass with mat-grass, heath rush and small amounts of cross-leaved heath. The acid flushes are characterised by cotton grass, spike rush, marsh pennywort and cushions of bog mosses. Pools present add to the diversity.
Dry heath/acid grasslands form mosaics consisting of a mixture of heath, wavy hair-grass and tufted hair-grass. Much of this site is covered by dense to scattered scrub, which provides good cover for birds. Snipe have been recorded here.
Coppice Lane is a block of ancient semi-natural woodland. Lying on an acid substrate, it is dominated by oak and birch with a typically species-poor ground layer with wavy hair-grass and locally abundant bilberry.
The site is bisected by a dismantled railway line. This has a diverse and interesting flora and is being developed as a nature trail.
The Slough, again, consists of a mosaic of habitats. These range from open canal and pond water to re-colonised dry spoil mounds form previous industrial activities. Flora includes lesser marshwort, flowering rush, floating water plantain and fine leaved water dropwort.
A management plan has been written for this site. The main requirement is for control f birch encroachment. Acid flushes and pools should be maintained by prevention of infilling and pollution.
The canal should similarly be prevented from infilling.
This page was last updated on 16 February 2015