Isles of Scilly - AONB

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Bulb Field Valley, St Martin's

Valleys and Hill-Slopes with Bulb-Strips

Key Features:

– Distinctive landscape of parallel hedges on sheltered hillsides.

– Small, intimate and domestic in scale, providing contrast with open coast and heathland.

– Pattern and variety of colour and texture provided by mix of hedge species and methods of management, creating variation in character from Island to Island.

– Value for wildlife e.g. hedges for nesting birds and less intensively cultivated bulb-strips are important for rare arable plant species.

– Represents an important phase in Scillonian agricultural history.

– Lack of management quickly leads to loss of structure, pattern and definition.

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