Annual Meadow-grass

The most common grass species of disturbed ground and waste places as well amenity grassland; also a cultivated fodder crop.  

Species Detail
Common Name Annual Meadow-grass
Alternative Name
Scientific Name Poa annua
Family Grasses
Species Reference blamey 404.1
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Annual Meadow-grass: American blue-grass - Annual meadow-grass (Poa annua) has to be the most common grass species of ground that is frequently disturbed and can be found almost anywhere! It is one of those 'conflict' species that people plant where they want it (lawns, putting greens, football pitches, fodder crop) and try to get rid of where they do not want it. You can buy annual meadow-grass seed and, almost along side it in the garden centre, a herbicide that seeks to control it and then, a bit further on, a fertiliser to make it grow thick and green ... are we not a funny creature?
Annual-meadow grass is a low growing, creeping grass that, if left uncut, produces a flower spikelet with branches that produce white florescence that in turn make hundreds of seeds. It is fast growing which is why it is popular but I should say it is not the generally preferred choice for lawns. The leaves are pale green and this gives it its common name in the USA, blue-grass.

 

Species Distribution

These are nature reserves and wildlife hot-spots where I have recorded this species

Sunnyside Farm

National Nature Reserve
3

Slepe Heath

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Arne Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Stephens Castle Local Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Stanpit Marsh Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Hengistbury Head Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Kinson Common Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Millhams Mead Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve
3

Stour Valley Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve
3

Canford Heath

BCP Council, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Badbury Rings Hill Fort

National Trust
5

Corfe Castle Mound and River

Hod Hill

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Dorset Council, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Creech Heath National Nature Reserve

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Sandford Heath National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Wareham Forest (Northport Heath)

Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Wareham Forest (Woolsbarrow)

Wareham Common

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Purbeck Ridge (West Hill and Knowle Hill)

Trailway (Sturminster Newton)

Tynham and Worbarrow Bay

Other Conservation Organisation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Wareham Forest (Lower Hyde Heath)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Winspit

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Swyre Head

Open Access
3

Oakers Wood and Bog

Forestry, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Wilkswood (Langton West Wood)

Longham Lakes

Open Access
3

Wareham West Mill

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Thorncombe Wood and Duddle Heath

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
5

Garston Wood Nature Reserve

Coombe Heath Nature Reserve

East Stoke Fen Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
3

Carey

Open Access
5

Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Bere Wood

Forestry
3

Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
5

Bestwall Marsh and Swineham

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Corfe Castle Common

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

Morden Bog National Nature Reserve

National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Lytchett Bay and Turlin Moor Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Local Nature Reserve, RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Ham Common Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Brownsea Island

Dorset Wildlife Trust, National Trust, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Winfrith Heath Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Sopley Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Shapwick

Open Access
2

Lodmoor Nature Reserve

RSPB, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Peascombe Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Powerstock Common Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Hendover Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
1

Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
4

Sovell Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Greenhill Down Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
4

Girdlers Coppice Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Butterfly Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve
3

Milldown Nature Reserve

Dorset Council
3

Riverside Meadows Nature Reserve

Woolland Hill

Open Access
2

Lydlinch Common

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Slop Bog Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Parley Common Nature Reserve

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Dorset Council, Site of Scientific Interest
3

Moors Valley Country Park

Dorset Council
3

Dewlands Common Local Nature Reserve

Dorset Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Sharford Bridge

National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Kingston Lacey House and Gardens

Wareham Forest (Great Ovens)

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Site of Scientific Interest
5

Delph Wood

BCP Council
3

Fifehead Wood Nature Reserve

Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves

Dorset Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Wareham Walls and Priory Meadows

Souls Moor and Bere Stream Nature Reserve

Worgret Heath

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Cole Wood

Forestry
4

Collyers Brook Nature Reserve

Dorset Wildlife Trust
2

Dunyeats Hill Nature Reserve

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
2

Luscombe Valley Local Nature Reserve

BCP Council, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Abbotsbury

Open Access
3

Wytch Heath

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Two Mile Copse

Woodland Trust
2

Holt Wood

Forestry, National Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Corfe Barrows Nature Park

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, BCP Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Local Nature Reserve, Site of Scientific Interest
2

Sturminster Mill

Open Access
2

Stokeford Heath

Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
4
Species Habitats
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Habitat Reference Relationship
B1: Arable farmland

Associated

B4: Fringes - roadsides, bare ground & wasteland

Associated

G2: Neutral Grassland

Associated

Species Records
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Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Sunnyside Farm

Very common

26-06-20
Arne Nature Reserve

Very common

03-06-19
Wareham Common

Common

01-06-19
Stokeford Heath

Abundant

20-06-20
Slepe Heath

Common

07-07-19
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Abundant

26-03-19
Abbotsbury very common
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve Very common
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve Very common
Badbury Rings Hill Fort very common
Bere Wood Widespread and abundant
Bestwall Marsh and Swineham Very common
Blackdown and Hardy Monument Present
Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath) Abundant
Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve Very common
Brownsea Island Common
Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves Widespread and abundant
Canford Heath Very common
Carey Abundant
Cole Wood Widespread and common
Collyers Brook Nature Reserve Frequent
Coombe Heath Nature Reserve Present
Corfe Barrows Nature Park Very commom
Corfe Castle Common Very common
Corfe Castle Mound and River Very common
Creech Heath National Nature Reserve Present
Delph Wood Common
Dewlands Common Local Nature Reserve Widespread and abundant
Dunyeats Hill Nature Reserve Occasional
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove Very common
East Stoke Fen Nature Reserve Common
Fifehead Wood Nature Reserve Common
Garston Wood Nature Reserve Common
Girdlers Coppice Nature Reserve Common
Greenhill Down Nature Reserve Very common
Ham Common Local Nature Reserve Widespread and common
Hendover Coppice Nature Reserve Present
Hengistbury Head Local Nature Reserve Common
Higher Hyde Heath Nature Reserve Present
Hilfield Hill Nature Reserve Common
Hod Hill Present
Holt Wood Common
Kilwood Coppice Nature Reserve Common
King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve Present
Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve Present
Kingston and Houns-tout Cliff Abundant
Kingston Lacey House and Gardens Very common
Kinson Common Local Nature Reserve Present
Lodmoor Nature Reserve Very common
Longham Lakes Very common