Grassland: Selecting indicators of success for grassland enhancement (TIN050)

Group 1


Good competitors, tolerant of a wide range of conditions and may be present on more fertile grassland. Some species are capable of vegetative spread.

  • Black medick
  • Bulbous buttercup (a good competitor once established, but can be difficult to establish from sown seed)
  • Common bird's-foot trefoil (N, C, A)
  • Common cats-ear
  • Common knapweed (N, also occurs on calcareous soils but not listed as an indicator of calcareous grassland)
  • Common sorrel
  • Heather (A)
  • Kidney vetch (C)
  • Lesser yellow trefoil
  • Meadow buttercup
  • Meadow vetchling (N)
  • Oxeye daisy (N, C)
  • Ragged-robin (N, needs wet conditions and can tolerate more acidic soils though not listed as an indicator)
  • Red clover
  • Ribwort plantain
  • Rough hawkbit (N, C, A)
  • Self-heal
  • Wild carrot
  • Yarrow
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