Site Details

Recorders: Steve and penny Relf Length 2867m Walk Time 1 hour Managed by Forestry England and YWT

Allerthorpe Common lies on river and lake sands, which were deposited during the last glacial period 10,000 years ago. The soils are acidic and support a surprising range of habitats for such a small pocket of lowland heath - wet heath, dry heath, acid grassland, woodland, scrub and open water. Ling heather, tormentil, sheep's fescue and wavy hair-grass grow on the drier areas of the site. Cross-leaved heath and purple moor grass grow in the damper areas. Patches of gorse and areas of mature birch and willow woodland. The Transect route covers a good many of these habitats