Abbey Wells

Behind Abbey Wells there is a small woodland and a meadow, through which runs a public footpath. As the land through the woods is very wet a board walk has been constructed to allow visitors to admire the beautiful views. The site is a SINC site (ie a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation) and as of March this year is part of Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship programme.

In 1997 a detailed survey was undertaken by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust with particular reference to plant life. The results of this study are below. The study was undertaken in July when all the daffodils and some other flowers are no longer visible. It is interesting to note the Himalayan Balsam was not present and Raspberry was rare. These two are now the most common plants. The survey will be amended over time to include other aspects.


  Latin name Common name Frequency
  Agrostis capillaris Common Bent Occasional/Locally Frequent
  Alopecurus Pratensis Meadow Foxtail Abundant
  Anthoxathum odorartum Sweet Vernal Grass Frequent
  Arrhenatherum elatius False Oat Grass Occasional/Locally Abundant
  Dactylis glomerata Cocksfoot Occasional
  Deschampsia caespitosa Tufted Hair Grass Occasional
  Festuca pratensis Meadow Fescue Occasional
  Festuca Rubra Red Fescue Frequent
  Holcus Lanatus Yorkshire Fog Abundant
  Phleum pratense Timothy Rare
  Poa trivialis Rough Meadow Grass Occasional
  Achillea millefolium  Yarrow Rare/Occasional
IS Achillea ptarmica Sneezewort Rare
  Aegopodium podagraria Ground Elder Rare
  Agrimona eupatoria Agrimony Occasional
  Angelica sylvestris Angelica Occasional
IS Carex disticha Creeping Brown Sedge Occasional
  Carex Hirta Hairy Sedge Occasional
  Carex ovalis Oval Sedge Rare
IS Carex panicea Carnation Sedge Occasional
  Centaurea nigra Common Knapweed Occasional
  Cerastium fontanum Common Mouse-Ear Occasional
  Cirsium arvense Creeping Thistle Occasional
  Cirsium palustre Marsh Thistle Occasional/Locally Frequent
  Cirsium vulgare Spear Thistle Rare
  Conopodium majus Pignut Occasional
  Dactylorhiza fuchsii Common Spotted-Orchid Occasional
  Equisetum palustre Marsh Horsetail Occasional
  Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet Occasional/Locally Abundant
  Galium aparine Cleavers Occasional/Locally Frequent
  Galium uliginosom Fen Bedstraw Frequent
  Heracleum sphondylium Hogweed Occasional
  Hypericum tetrapterum Square St John’s Wort Rare
  Juncus acutiflorus Sharp-flowered Rush Abundant
  Juncus conglomerarutus Compact Rush Occasional
  Juncus effusus Soft Rush Occasional
  Lathyrus pratensis Meadow Vetchling Occasional
  Leontodon hispidus Rough Hawkbit Rare
  Lotus Pendunculatus Greater Bird’s-foot Trefoil Frequent
  Luzula campestris Field Woodrush Occasional
  Luzula multiflora Many-headed Woddrush Rare
  Potentilla erecta  Tormentil Occasional
  Potentilla reptans Creeping Cinquefoil Rare
  Ranunculus repens Creeping Buttercup Occasional
  Rubus fruticosus Bramble Occasional
  Rubus idaeus Raspberry Rare
  Rumex acetosa Sorrel Occasional
  Senicio jacobea Ragwort Rare
IS Stachys officinalis Betony Rare
  Stellaria graminea Lesser Stitchwort Occasional
IS Succisa pratensis Devil’s-bit Scabious Occasional/Locally Frequent
  Trifolium pratense Red Clover Rare
  Trifolium repens White Clover Rare
  Uricia dioica Common Nettle Rare/Occasional
  Veronica chamaedrys Geremander Speedwell Occasional
  Vicia cracca Tufted Vetch R Tufted Vetch Rare
An indicator species is any biological species that defines a trait or characteristic of the environment. For example, a species may delineate an ecoregion or indicate an environmental condition such as a disease outbreak, pollution, species competition or climate change. Indicator species can be among the most sensitive species in a region, and sometimes act as an early warning to monitoring biologists.
  Polygonia c-album Comma  
  Maniola jurtina Meadow Brown  
  Aphantopus hyperantus Ringlet  
  Thymelicus sylvestris Small Skipper  
  Birds These were not part of the study    
  Corvus corone Carrion Crow  
  Erithacus rubecula Robin  

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