/ Rare Cliff Plants
Does anybody know where I could find a list of climbing crags that have rare or endangered plants growing on them?
Any help appreciated.
The guidebook often tends to have this info.
Thanks for the help everyone. I'm writing a paper on the positives and negatives of imposing restrictions on crags and I just wanted to give a few examples of crags that have some pretty rare plant life growing on them.
> Thanks for the help everyone. I'm writing a paper on the positives and negatives of imposing restrictions on crags and I just wanted to give a few examples of crags that have some pretty rare plant life growing on them.
Not sure if anyone has researched the impacts rigorously beyond the anecdotal? A few years ago there was some sort of joint programme in the Avon Gorge with climbers keeping ledges clear of heavy vegetation to encourage one particular species but hard to pin down impacts unless it's obvious eg cleaning new cliffs.
If you want examples, as suggested look at SSSI citations, those I know would include Lochnagar, Idwal & Northern Corries of Cairngorm.
I also think there was a thread about a study by a student at Aberdeen on the effect of winter climbing on plants/vegetation - probably worth a search
Not my study but thanks for that - I hadn't used Google Scholar before.
Some really useful stuff there, thanks everyone.
Doug - I've read that article, along with several other similar ones. Very interesting. The overall conclusion seems to be that rock climbing does cause damage to cliff vegetation. I'll have a search for the article on winter climbing, could add an intersting twist. Thank you.
John - I didn't know about that. I'll look into it, sounds like it could be very helpful in showing both sides of the arrgument for and against imposing restrictions.
Interesting topic and obviously one we have a great interest in at the BMC! Give me a call in the week if you want a chat about this as its quite erroneous to assume that all climbing activity can be harmful to cliff plants. Lots of examples where climbing activity can be beneficial and even when the impact can be harmful there's lots of mitigating actions and good practise that will reduce the impact.
Elfyn (BMC Access & Conservation Officer for Wales)
Niagra Escarpment too
Some info here:
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