What grassland habitats are present in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire?

What grassland habitats are present in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire

Grasslands can be split into different types reflecting the local geology, soil and climatic conditions. There are four main grassland habitats in the three counties, which are listed below.

  • Floodplain grazing marsh habitat mosaic of wet grassland, wetland (ditches, ponds, swamp communities) and other grassland types including lowland meadows. 
  • Lowland meadows – grasslands with a near neutral soil pH (around pH 7), usually occurring below 250m in altitude.
  • Lowland calcareous grasslands – They are found on shallow, well-draining lime-rich soils (soil pH above 7), generally overlying limestone or chalk in the warmer, drier areas of England.
  • Lowland dry acid grasslands – They typically occur on nutrient-poor, generally free-draining soils with pH ranging from 4 to 5.5 overlying acid rocks or superficial deposits such as sands and gravels.

If you would like to know what type of soils are in your area, look at the Soilscapes website

Chloe Granger

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The admin of the Cut and Chew website, and activist for improving the UK grazing landscape.

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