Mill Hill Grasses

Identification of Grasses (Link)

1  Golden Oat Grass  Trisetum flavescens
2  False Oat Grass  Arrhenatherum elatius  *
3  Brome  Bromus
4  Rough Meadow Grass ?  Poa trivialis ?
5  Cocksfoot  Dactylis glomerata

Identifications by Debbie Allan via UK Botany

*  This species may be intolerant of grazing.

6. Poa
7. Bromus
8. Festuca ? arundinacea
9. Hordeum murinum
10. Anisantha sterilis Barren brome


Picture's a bit small.
6. Poa sp. P. trivialis is commonest (rough stem, triangular pointed
but could be P. pratensis (smooth stem, short flat-ended ligule).
7. Helictotrichon??
8. Festuca?
9. Hordeum secalinum (if in meadow) or murinum (if in dog-walking zone)
10. Anisanthus sterilis? but might be Arrhenatherum - that's just coming
11. Festuca?
12. Bromus hordaceus?
Malcolm Storey

27 August 2007

Approximately the same view in August. The long grasses have disappeared.

25 May 2007
Grasses just below the ridge

The long grasses were thinly spaced (illustrated above) and abundant just west of the ridge on Mill Hill on the very steep slopes. I am not sure of the species. They could be Fescues, Festuca ?  (This area is popular for the Small Heath Butterflies and used as a roosting area for the Chalkhill Blues in summer.)

These areas are
just south of the reservoir
The middle slopes on Mill Hill, beneath the ridge, north of the reservoir, are full of long dense grasses. Few new seedlings can settle here to increase the biodiversity. 
(May 2003)
Patch of Grass on the Lower Slopes (May 2003)
Grass in a field grazed by horses, south of the A27 on the approaches of Mill Hill.

This grass is also found on Mill Hill near the reservoir (see above). 

cf. Garden Grasses (July 2003)

Grasses (weeds) (External Link)

Grasshoppers of Somerset (External Link)

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Study of the Triangle Area (Middle Slopes)
Vetch Trail (Lower slopes)