The Barnsley criteria for selection of a Local Wildlife Site due to its Lowland Meadow or Neutral Grassland habitat are that it should be
≥0.5ha in size and have an affinity with NVC communities MG4 or MG5 [or MG8]
and/or have 15 or more species from a list of 50 Neutral Grassland indicator plants including grasses.
It may also be selected because of the fauna that such grassland supports.
Neutral grassland or Lowland Meadow Sites
There are two SSSI Neutral Grassland or Lowland Meadow sites in Barnsley together with a number of Local Wildlife Sites (see below).
Other examples may not be designated but will be found in areas with shale or alluvial soils, such as on the slopes and valleys of the Dearne, Dove, Little Don and Don rivers and their tributaries.
Of course being managed to sustain a species-rich assemblage of broadleaved flowering plants is necessary as well.
Local Wildlife Sites
Unimproved neutral grassland (lowland meadow)
10 Hollin and Spring Woods
18 Mag Wood Meadow
21 Falthwaite & Lowe Wood
25 Barnsley Canal / Wilthorpe Marsh
31 Sunny Bank, Horse Carr & Storrs Wood
37 Gipsy Marsh
46 Elsecar Reservoir
Italics: semi-improved neutral grassland also within Local Wildlife Site
Semi-improved neutral grassland
9 Brock Holes
11 Gunthwaite Dam/Clough Wood
13 North Wood
22 Stainborough Park
24 Worsbrough Reservoir
26 Cliffe Wood
27 Carlton Marsh
30 Short Wood & Hay Green
33 Redbrook Pastures
36 Broomhill Flash & Wombwell Ings
38 Old Moor & Wath Ings
39 Bolton-on-Dearne wetland
Local Wildlife Sites.
A number of Local Wildlife Sites include areas of unimproved or semi-improved Neutral Grassland. Those specifically including unimproved or semi-improved Neutral Grassland are listed below.
Semi-improved neutral grassland (continued)
47 Hoyland Bank Wood
48 Bretton Park
51 Barrow Colliery
53 Kendal Scrub Green
55 Parkhill Nature Reserve
58 Wool Greaves Meadow
59 Thurgoland Glow Worm site,
Pye Flatts Meadows, a SSSI near Hoylandswaine, consists of three fields of neutral hay-meadow grassland. Access details (see image above)
Spring Meadows, Alderman’s Head and Cox Croft Meadows SSSI, on the slopes above Langsett, consist of 11 fields traditionally managed for hay crop with late summer mowing.