Annual Meadow-grass

Common Name Annual Meadow-grass
Scientific Name Poa annua
Family Grasses
Interest
1
Description The most common grass species of disturbed ground and waste places as well amenity grassland; also a cultivated fodder crop.  
Read about this species in my Nature Diary blog:
Date Sort ascending Title Link to Article Edit
21-09-21 Annual Meadow-grass: American blue-grass -
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This map shows the distribution of the species based on my records:

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 - West

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

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

Priory Meadows and Redcliffe

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

Trigon

Open Access
3

East Holme

Open Access
3
These are the National Vegetation Classification codes associated with this species:
NVC Codes Description Phase 1 Categories Description
OV10

Poa annua - Senecio vulgaris [Annual Meadow Grass/Groundsel] community

J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

OV11

Poa annua - Stachys arvensis [Annual Meadow Grass/Field Woundwort] community

J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

OV12

Poa annua - Myosotis arvensis [Annual Meadow Grass/Field Forget-me-not] community

J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

OV19

Poa annua - Tripleurospermum inodorum [Annual Meadow Grass/Scentless Mayweed] community

J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

OV20

Poa annua - Sagina procumbens [Annual Meadow Grass/Procumbent Pearlwort] community

J3

Built-up areas

J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

OV21

Poa annua - Plantago major [Annual Meadow Grass/Greater Plantain] community

J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

J3

Built-up areas

OV22

Poa annua - Taraxum officinialis [Annual Meadow Grass/Dandelion] community

J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

J3

Built-up areas

OV33

Persicaria lapathifolia - Poa annua [Pale Persicaria/Annual Meadow Grass] community

F2

Water Margin & Inundation Vegetation

The number of records for each month for this species; it gives an idea of the best time to see it (although for plants this does not necessarily mean it was in flower):
Month No of Records
03: March 1
04: April 2
05: May 3
06: June 22
07: July 16
08: August 13
09: September 2
These are the sites where I have found this species:
Site Notes Record Date Report Date
Abbotsbury

very common

02-06-16
Alners Gorse Nature Reserve

Very common

21-08-12
Arne Nature Reserve

Very common

03-06-19
Ashley Wood Nature Reserve

Very common

23-08-13
Badbury Rings Hill Fort very common
Bere Wood Widespread and abundant
Bestwall Marsh Very common
Blackdown and Hardy Monument

Present

19-08-12
Bog Lane Natural Green Space

Abundant

26-03-19
Bourne Valley Local Nature Reserve (Talbot Heath)

Abundant

13-08-13
Bracketts Coppice Nature Reserve

Very common

10-06-14
Brownsea Island Common
Bugdens Copse and Meadow Nature Reserves

Widespread and abundant

17-06-13
Canford Heath

Very common

01-08-13
Carey Abundant
Cole Wood Widespread and common
Collyers Brook Nature Reserve

Frequent

17-06-15
Coombe Heath Nature Reserve Present
Corfe Barrows Nature Park

Very commom

23-08-17
Corfe Castle Common Very common
Corfe Castle Mound and River Very common
Creech Heath National Nature Reserve

Present

24-07-11
Delph Wood Common
Dewlands Common Local Nature Reserve

Widespread and abundant

17-06-13
Dunyeats Hill Nature Reserve

Occasional

12-08-15
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Very common

15-07-12
East Holme

Very common

17-08-20
East Stoke Fen Nature Reserve

Common

20-06-12
Fifehead Wood Nature Reserve

Common

16-07-14
Garston Wood Nature Reserve Common