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IPA Factsheet - Stokenham
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionSouth West (South Devon)
Central co-ordinates50o 16' N / 3o 40' W map
Altitude75 - 87

 Site Description The site comprises a row of mature trees and an adjacent boundary wall which together support an exceptionally rich lichen flora which includes several nationally rare species. Over 50 species of lichen have been recorded growing on the mature Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus trees including the rare Physcia clementei, P. tribacioides and Teloschistes flavicans. Another notable component of the flora is Anaptychia ciliaris which is growing here close to the western limit of its British distribution. The adjacent stone wall is almost entirely dominated by Nephroma laevigatum, this being the largest colony of this species in South West England.

 Botanical Significance Lichens interest. A row of mature trees hosting over 50 epiphytic lichen species. Physcia clementei, P. tribacioides and Teloschistes flavicans, Anaptychia ciliaris, Nephroma laevigatum

 General Habitat Description Lines of trees, small anthropogenic woodlands, recently felled woodland, early-stage woodland and coppice: wayside trees

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
not utilisedMajor

Threatened Species

Species NameIPA Assess.Species Assess.AbundanceData qualityCriteria

Botanical Richness

EUNIS level 2 code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.% of indicator speciesNo. SpeciesNational BiotopeData qualityCriteria
G5 Lines of trees, small anthropogenic woodlands, recently felled woodlands, early-stage woodland coppice200700unknownB

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria


DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Site of Special Scientific InterestStokenhamprotected area contains IPA1
Area of Outstanding Natural BeautySouth Devonprotected area contained by IPA1


TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes


intrinsic species factors (slow growth, density)medium
habitat fragmentation/isolationunknown
climate change/ sea level riseunknown

 Conservation Issues Although replacement Sycamore trees have been planted on the site to replace aging trees these will not be mature enough for colonisation before the old trees die. Hence there is likely to be a time with no Teloschistes flavicans. However, T. flavicans is colonising the surrounding area so a recolonisation is possible in the future. Physcia tribacioides is only on the Sycamore in the SSSI and therefore is of greater chance of being lost when the mature trees die. The wall still supports all the lichens previously recorded in 1997; Nephroma laevigatum and Sticta fuliginosa. It has been recorded as unfavourable declining only because there is a need for works to stabilize parts of the wall and to remove ivy. This problem was also highlighted in a survey of the SSSI by a lichen expert in March 2005. Ony a relatively small amount of management is needed.

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Sally EatonSite report compiler
Cath ShellswellSite report compiler