Hunder Beck Juniper

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Coordinates: 54°33′21″N 2°6′21″W / 54.55583°N 2.10583°W / 54.55583; -2.10583
Hunder Beck Juniper
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Hunder Beck Waterfall - geograph.org.uk - 1407512.jpg
Hunder Beck waterfall and the surrounding banks and vegetation
Country England
Region North East
District Teesdale
Location NY931178
 - coordinates 54°33′21″N 2°6′21″W / 54.55583°N 2.10583°W / 54.55583; -2.10583
Area 3.45 ha (8.5 acres)
Notification 1994
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Hunder Beck Juniper SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Hunder Beck Juniper SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Hunder Beck Juniper is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Teesdale district of south-west County Durham, England. It lies between the Balderhead and Blackton Reservoirs and adjoins the Cotherstone Moor SSSI to the south.

The site, which is situated on the east bank of the Hunder Beck, is notable as one of only three in County Durham where there are significant stands of upland juniper, Juniperus communis, scrub, a vegetation type which is particularly uncommon in the North Pennines.

On the upper slopes the juniper is associated with species-rich acid grassland, which is dominated by sheep's fescue, Festuca ovina, common bent, Agrostis capillaris, heath bedstraw, Galium saxatile, and tormentil, Potentilla erecta. A locally rare fern, moonwort, Botrychium lunaria is one of the less common species.[1]

Where the juniper is densest, the vegetation has a woodland character, with rowan, Sorbus aucuparia, and ash, Fraxinus excelsior, among the tree species present in small numbers, but though juniper of a variety of ages is present, there is no evidence of recent regeneration.[1]

On the shallower slopes, the juniper is associated with a species-poor acid flush vegetation that is dominated by rushes, Juncus spp.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Hunder Beck Juniper". English Nature. 1994. Retrieved 22 July 2010.