British NVC community H2

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NVC community H2 (Calluna vulgaris - Ulex minor 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 localised distribution in southern England. There are three subcommunities.

Community composition[edit]

The following constant species are found in this community:

Two rare species, Bristle Bent (Agrostis curtisii) and Hairy Greenweed (Genista pilosa), are associated with the community.


This community is confined to southern England, from Dorset to Surrey and Kent, with the greatest concentrations occurring in the New Forest, Hampshire.


There are three subcommunities:

  • the so-called typical subcommunity
  • the Vaccinium myrtillus subcommunity
  • the Molinia caerulea subcommunity