Clifton Backies Map

Clifton Backies Map

Key to Plan

Habitat Types

A – Unimproved Pasture – This is an area of grassland rich in wildflowers and grasses. A few you may be able to recognise are Knapweed, Crested Dogstail (a grass) and Red Clover.

Management of this area will be a combination of summer grazing with some cutting.

B – Scrub Woodland – The scrub areas provide valuable habitat for breeding and wintering birds, including several species of warblers. Short-eared Owls are occasionally seen in winter hunting over the grassland. Plant species you will be able to find in this area are Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Oak, Ash, Apple and Wild Roses. There is a potential for the scrub area to mature into native woodland.

The main management practice will be coppicing in order to encourage understorey species to develop structural diversity whilst maintaining dense cover areas free from humans which is a good habitat for larger birds.

C – Old Hay Meadow – Thought to have been managed for a hay crop at one time this area is now a little derelict. However plants indicative of this habitat such as Pignut and Great Burnet persist. Through a combination of grazing an cutting it is hoped that traditional hay meadow management can be replicated in time.


1 – Site of old aerodrome buildings. The buildings themselves have been removed for safety reasons.

2 – Recreational open space. Please use this area for games and other recreational pursuits.

3 – Drainage Pond. This acts as a balancing lagoon for the run-off from the nearby housing developments to prevent flooding of the Bur Dyke. However native plants are allowed to colonise so that it also provides wetland habitat.