Grasses

Looking at grasses on Naphill Common

A brief survey led by botanist Angus Idle

24th June 2009

The survey covered the southern end of the common between Downley Road and Cookshall Lane, including Daisy Pond.

Grass species found on Naphill Common. (22 species)

Bent, Common Agrostis capillaries
Bent, Black Agrostis gigantea
Bent, Creeping Agrostis stolonifera
Foxtail. Meadow Alopecurus pratensis
Sweet Vernal Grass Anthoxanthum odotatum
Oat-grass, False Arrhenatherum elatius
Dogstail, Crested Cynosurus cristatus
Cocksfoot Dactylis glomerata
Couch, Bearded Elymus caninus
Couch, Common Elymus repens
Fescue, Giant Festuca gigantia
Fescue, Sheep's Festuca ovina
Fescue, Red Festuca rubra
Sweet-grass Floating Gluceria fluitans
Yorkshire Fog Holcus lanatus
Soft-grass, Creeping Holcus mollis
Ryegrass, Perennial Lotium perenne
Millet, Wood Milium effusum
Reed Canary-grass Phalaris arundinacea
Meadow-grass, Annual Poa annua
Meadow-grass, Smooth Poa pratensis
Meadow-grass, Rough Poa trivialis

Sedges and rushes found on Naphill Common. (4 species)

Sedge, Remote Carex remota
Sedge, Cyperus Carex pseudocyperus
Sedge, Wood Carex sylvatica
Rush, Soft Juncus effuses

Grass species found on the Crick and in Downley Road. (6 species)

Brome, Barren Anisantha sterilis
Brome, Hairy Bromus ramosus
Fescue, Red Festuca rubra
Barley, Wall Hordeum murinum
Meadow-grass, Annual Poa annua
Meadow-grass, Rough Poa trivialis

One of the objectives of the Friend of Naphill Common is to carry out surveys on animal and plant life found on the Common.

This could be carried out by a mixture of professional bodies or individuals and members of Friends of Naphill Common who have either an interest or just happen to see something on the Common.

If you have any information or can help in any way please do not hesitate to contact Trevor Hussey (see contact us)