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Site name:

Melrose Cutting, Kirkdale

Site area:

4.37ha

National grid reference: SJ347939

Date of designation:

1997

District: Liverpool

Date of last revision:

March 2010

Local Wildlife Site number: 7

Citation: A disused railway cutting approximately 750 metres in length and 80 metres wide which supports a range of habitats and plant species typical of ex-industrial land. Narrow strips of Silver Birch and Grey Willow scrub-woodland with a Bracken and Bramble understorey are found on both sides of the site for its entire length and these two species are encroaching into other areas. A small patch of Reedmace swamp is located in the central areas which are otherwise predominantly Red Fescue/Creeping Bent/Yorkshire Fog neutral grasslands. Scattered throughout are patches of bare ground and larger areas of tall ruderal vegetation including the invasive Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed. The site’s main value is as a habitat mosaic. When surveyed in 1997 it supported one of the highest diversity of plant species in Liverpool but many fewer were recorded in 2006. It is not known to what extent this apparent decline in diversity is real – as a result of encroachment of scrub and ruderal vegetation – or due to differences in survey effort. The list of locally rare species recorded during the two surveys is, proportionate to the site’s size, one of the longest in Liverpool and includes Wall Rue and Tutsan on the walls of the cutting, and Common Broomrape, Hare’s-foot Clover, Heath Woodrush, Trailing Tormentil and Yellow-wort. Appraisal: Guideline HABITATS H1 H2 H3 H4 PLANTS Sp1 Sp2

Rarity Diversity Nearness Isolation

1 BAP Priority habitat, 2 regionally important habitats 7 habitats recorded ---

Rarity Diversity

Sp3

Naturalness

Sp4 ANIMALS General Sp5 Birds B1

Nationally rare

3 regionally important species; 26 locally rare species. A total of 47 plant species was recorded during 2006-2007 but 159 were recorded in 1997. 80% of the plants are native to the city. Colonisation has not been aided by man but the site has been physically altered. --

Rare/priority

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Non-breeding population Breeding population Regionally rare/scarce Breeding assemblage Assemblage breeding, wintering, passage

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Breeding Regionally rare/scarce

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Regionally rare/scarce Breeding assemblage

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B2 B3 B4 B5 Dragonflies Od1 Od2 Butterflies Bf1 Bf2 Amphibians A1 A2 Reptiles R1 R2 Bats

Comment

Rarity Exceptional population Population of native species Exceptional population

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Raising the Ralla! 2019 brochure.  

For many years, residents in Kirkdale have been keen to transform the land at the Ralla into a true asset for the local community. In 2018,...

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For many years, residents in Kirkdale have been keen to transform the land at the Ralla into a true asset for the local community. In 2018,...