Lowland Meadow Indicator Species

Lowland meadows, as defined by UK Habitat Classification, is a neutral grassland that meets at least two of these three criteria:

  • More than 15 species per metre squared, including grasses and excluding bryophytes.
  • More than 30% cover of broadleaved herbs and sedges (excluding white clover Trifolium repens, creeping buttercup Ranunculus repens and injurious weeds.
  • Less than 10% cover of rye grasses and white clover.

In addition, four or more of any of the indicator species as listed in the UK Habs g3a definition.

Below are some of these lowland meadow indicator species I’ve found out in the wild. This is an ongoing project so it will be updated overtime.

common bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

common knapweed (Centaurea nigra)

yellow rattle (Rhinanthus minor)

common bird’s-foot-trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)

ox-eye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

field scabious (Knautia arvensis)