The following photos are examples of habitats defined using National Vegetation Classification (NVC). As examples they cannot be used as a substitute for the official guides to classify vegetation elsewhere. I hope however they are useful illustrations of the the vegetation that can be found in some NVC comunities.
I highly recommend that anyone interested in pursuing this topic consults the following books:
CG = Calcarious grassland vegetation (typically found on alkaline soils)
H = Heath vegetation
M = Mire vegetation
MG = Mesotrophic grassland vegetation (typically found on PH neutral soils)
U = Upland vegetation (typically found on acidic soils and dominated by grasses or sedges)
S = Swamp vegetation (emergent from standing water)
Click the photos to enlarge them. Many have notes on to help with their interpretation.
|CG10 Fescue (Sheep’s or Red) and wild thyme|
|H10 Heather with Bell heather||H12 Heather with Bilberry|
|H13 Heather with Lichen||H18 Bilberry with Wavy hair grass|
|H21a Heather & Bilberry with Small-red sphagnum||H22 Bilberry & Small-red sphagnum often with Cloudberry|
Uplands (Grass and sedge dominated vegetation)
|U2Wavy hair grass dominated grassland||U4cMixed grasses such as fescues and sweet vernal grass with heath bedstraw, herbs and sedges.|