The biodiversity of the Wealden ghyll woodlands: species richness, abundance and distribution patterns in a rare and fragmented habitat

  • Andrew R. Flint

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The Wealden ghyll woodlands are associated with unique plant assemblages that include nationally rare bryophyte species with oceanic affiliations. The identification and monitoring of this type of ‘priority’ habitat, recognised as important in terms of regional and national biodiversity, is a central facet of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UKBAP). Despite the acknowledged importance of ghyll woodlands for non-vascular plant species, previous studies attempting to examine and characterise the ghyll woodlands have neglected to include these bryophyte communities. This research identifies and characterises the Wealden ghyll woodlands through an examination of the spatial and temporal distributions of bryophyte and flowering plant species. The research also seeks to provide baseline data against which biodiversity levels can monitored.
Date of AwardMar 2014
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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