L Lower River Bank Wood between the “new” middle path and the riverside

Topography:
Steep slope

Aspect:
A south and south-west facing slope shaded by trees

General Description:
Mixed woodland with many oaks

Features:
The River Wear runs alongside, protected by metal railings. The cycle path runs parallel and close to the river.

Soil:
Sandy

Grasses:
Wood melick (Melica uniflora)
Wood millet (Milium effusum)

Ferns:
Present

Mosses:
Present

Lichens:
On the bark of some trees

Fungi:

Trees and Shrubs
•Oak (Quercus robur)
•Beech (Fagus sylvactica)
•Silver birch (Betula pendula)
•Elm (Ulmus procera)
•Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
•Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna)
•Elder (Sambucus nigra)
•Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
•Yew (Taxus baccata)
•Holly (Ilex aquifolium)
•Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)
•Ivy (Hedera helix)
•Bramble (Rubus fruticosus)
•Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum)
•Horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum)
•Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
•Arrow-leaved ivy (Hedera helix sagittifolia)

Plants
•Bluebell (Endymion non-scriptus)
•Lesser celandine (Ranunculus ficaria)
•Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa)
•Greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea)
•Red campion (Silene dioica)
•Dandelion (Taraxacum officianale)
•Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum)
•Sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum)
•Common violet (Viola riviniana)

Invertibrates

Mammals

Birds
•Blackbird (Turdus merula)
•Common gull (Larus canus)
•Crow (Corvus corone corone)
•Tawny owl (Strix aluco)

How could the area be improved: