British NVC community H6

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NVC community H6 (Erica vagans - Ulex europaeus heath) is one of the heath communities in the British National Vegetation Classification system. It is one of five communities categorised as lowland dry heaths.

It has a very localised distribution in southern England. There are four subcommunities.

Community composition[edit]

The following constant species are found in this community:

A number of rare species are associated with the community: Bristle Bent (Agrostis curtisii), Chives (Allium schoenoprasum), Cornish Heath (Erica vagans), Dwarf Rush (Juncus capitatus), Spring Squill (Scilla verna) and Twin-headed Clover (Trifolium bocconei).

Distribution[edit]

This community is confined to The Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.

Subcommunities[edit]

There are four subcommunities:

  • the so-called typical subcommunity
  • the Festuca ovina subcommunity
  • the Agrostis curtisii subcommunity
  • the Molinia caerulea subcommunity

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