seral or sub-climax vegetation, scrub usually
develops on neglected bare ground, pasture and
along woodland edges. In consists of woody
plants no often no higher than 5 metres tall
and includes grey and goat willow, hawthorn,
blackthorn, bramble and gorse. Scrub, although
often botanically poor, is generally a good
habitat for birds and insects. It is often
utilised as nesting and feeding areas by these
of these specialise in collecting pollen
from various scrubby plants.
large number of insects will readily
take nectar from scrub, in particular
hawthorn and willow.
greenfinch, stonechat, whitethroat,
blackcap, willow warbler, great grey
shrike, red-backed shrike.
courtesy of the Staffordshire Biodiversity
Action Plan and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust (SWT).
The action plan can be viewed in its entirety
on the SWT website: www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/staffs/
© Staffordshire Biodiversity Action Plan (SBAP)