Burnham & Berrow Golf Club, Tuesday 6th February 2024: It’s been a busy winter for our greenkeeping team who, as well as delivering the courses in superb condition, have been working in consultation with Natural England to remove the invasive sea buckthorn that runs along the perimeter of the 7th & 8th holes on The Championship Course.
1: The area concerned falls within Unit 1 of Berrow Dunes SSSI and consists of numerous protected SSSI features, which can be damaged by invasive scrub:
2: Sea Buckthorn – Inappropriate, Invasive Non-Native Species: All scrub can be potentially damaging to the features of Berrow Dunes SSSI. However, Sea Buckthorn is of particular concern to Natural England. Sea Buckthorn is not a native species of Britain, apart from a small area on the east coast of England. In the majority of Britain, Sea Buckthorn is considered to be an inappropriate (i.e. a weed), thicket-forming invasive shrub, particularly of sand dunes, which are listed as the habitat most at risk in Europe.
3: One of the most diverse plant communities in Somerset: Unit 1 (Burnham & Berrow Golf Club) of Berrow Dunes SSSI supports one of the most diverse plant communities in Somerset, with over 272 species of flowering plants recorded. The vast majority of these plant species cannot tolerate the loss of habitat to invasive scrub, such as Sea Buckthorn.
4: Less than 5% Scrub over the whole of Berrow Dunes SSSI: Due to the rarity of this special sand dune habitat, Natural England would like to see less than 5% scrub over the whole of Berrow Dunes SSSI. At present, the site is currently believed to be more than 20% scrub. Consequently, Natural England supports the important work of Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in helping us move towards the less than 5% objective. Particularly on the seaward side of the course, which is largely dominated by a linear stretch of Sea Buckthorn.
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