Grains o' th' Beck Meadows

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Grains o' th' Beck Meadows
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Country England
Region North East
District Teesdale
Location NY872209
 - coordinates 54°35′1″N 2°11′56″W / 54.58361°N 2.19889°W / 54.58361; -2.19889Coordinates: 54°35′1″N 2°11′56″W / 54.58361°N 2.19889°W / 54.58361; -2.19889
Area 12.3 ha (30.4 acres)
Notification 1989
Management Natural England
Area of Search County Durham
Interest Biological
Map of England and Wales with a red dot representing the location of the Grains o' th' Beck Meadows SSSI, Co Durham
Location of Grains o' th' Beck Meadows SSSI, Co Durham
Website: Map of site

Grains o' th' Beck Meadows is a Site of Special Scientific Interest in the Teesdale district of south-west County Durham, England. It consists of three traditionally-managed hay meadows in Upper Lunedale, on the north bank of the River Lune, a little under 6 km upstream of the Selset Reservoir dam. The site is enclosed by the Lune Forest SSSI.

Alpine bistort, Polygonum viviparum

The site is important as preserving a rich assemblage of plant species, including some that are locally rare, in a habitat that is widely threatened by intensive agricultural practices.

Each of the fields includes areas that are regularly cut for hay, steep banks that are left uncut, and areas of impeded drainage, which together contain a diversity of species. Alpine bistort, Polygonum viviparum, which is rare in the Pennines, is found on the steep banks, and marsh-marigold, Caltha palustris, is abundant in the wetter patches.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grains o' th' Beck Meadows". English Nature. 1989. Retrieved 21 July 2010.