Moist or wet mesotrophic to eutrophic pasture

Description (English)

Pastures of moist to wet, mesotrophic to eutrophic soils, generally inundated during winter and spring, on floodplains, lake shores and ditch sides throughout temperate Europe, sometimes with a brackish influence. Grazing is mostly by cattle which can strongly affect the nutrient status, and compaction of the soil and plants tolerant of inundation and trampling dominate here with a paucity of attractive flowers and a poor associated invertebrate fauna.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code R36
Relation to Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Indicator species

Diagnostic species
Constant species
Dominant species
Flowering Plants Alopecurus geniculatus
Flowering Plants Ranunculus repens
Flowering Plants Plantago major
Flowering Plants Juncus inflexus
Flowering Plants Agrostis stolonifera
Flowering Plants Carex hirta

Diagnostic species occur concentrated in the habitat in question, but are absent or rare in other habitats. They are good positive indicators of the habitat, but they do not need to occur in every location of the habitat.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Alopecurus geniculatus Flowering Plants
Ranunculus repens Flowering Plants
Plantago major Flowering Plants
Juncus inflexus Flowering Plants
Agrostis stolonifera Flowering Plants
Carex hirta Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Agrostis stolonifera
Flowering Plants Ranunculus repens
Flowering Plants Plantago major
Flowering Plants Trifolium repens
Flowering Plants Poa trivialis
Flowering Plants Juncus articulatus
Flowering Plants Rumex crispus
Flowering Plants Lolium perenne
Flowering Plants Juncus effusus
Flowering Plants Alopecurus geniculatus
Flowering Plants Holcus lanatus
Flowering Plants Carex hirta
Flowering Plants Potentilla reptans
Flowering Plants Juncus inflexus
Flowering Plants Galium palustre
Flowering Plants Glyceria fluitans
Flowering Plants Eleocharis palustris

Constant species occur frequently in the habitat, but they may include generalist species that are also frequent in other habitats.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Agrostis stolonifera Flowering Plants
Ranunculus repens Flowering Plants
Plantago major Flowering Plants
Trifolium repens Flowering Plants
Poa trivialis Flowering Plants
Juncus articulatus Flowering Plants
Rumex crispus Flowering Plants
Lolium perenne Flowering Plants
Juncus effusus Flowering Plants
Alopecurus geniculatus Flowering Plants
Holcus lanatus Flowering Plants
Carex hirta Flowering Plants
Potentilla reptans Flowering Plants
Juncus inflexus Flowering Plants
Galium palustre Flowering Plants
Glyceria fluitans Flowering Plants
Eleocharis palustris Flowering Plants
Flowering Plants Agrostis stolonifera
Flowering Plants Juncus inflexus
Flowering Plants Lolium perenne
Flowering Plants Juncus effusus
Flowering Plants Ranunculus repens
Flowering Plants Alopecurus geniculatus

Dominant species are those that often reach high cover in the habitat, thus determining the habitat physiognomy.

Species scientific name English common name Species group
Agrostis stolonifera Flowering Plants
Juncus inflexus Flowering Plants
Lolium perenne Flowering Plants
Juncus effusus Flowering Plants
Ranunculus repens Flowering Plants
Alopecurus geniculatus Flowering Plants

Other classifications

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type Comment
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 E3.4 Moist or wet eutrophic and mesotrophic grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 E3.4 Moist or wet eutrophic and mesotrophic grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 E3.4 Moist or wet eutrophic and mesotrophic grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199910 E3.4 Moist or wet eutrophic and mesotrophic grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199811 E3.4 Moist or wet lowland eutrophic and mesotrophic grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 199712 E2.4 Moist or wet lowland eutrophic and mesotrophic grassland same
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 199905 37.2 Eutrophic humid grasslands narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1997 37.2 Eutrophic humid grasslands narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1996 37.2   narrower
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 1993 37.2   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 37.1   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1991 37.2   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 37.2   narrower
CORINE Biotopes Classification 1989 37.1   narrower
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