Amenity grassland

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Amenity grassland is mown regularly and is used pursuits such as dog walking and playing ball games.

The frequent cutting does not allow plants to flower and set seed, so this type of grassland is not as valuable a habitat as semi-improved grasslands.

The grassland is dominated by strong perennials, such as dandelion, dock, plantain and creeping buttercup.

Some amenity grasslands will also have selfheal, silverweed, yarrow and speedwell and if these are allowed to flower the grassland can look very attractive and will attract a few insects to feed on the nectar available. 

Amenity grasslands can be very good for grassland fungi, such as pink waxcap, crimson waxcap and earth-tongues which like short grass, but with low nutrient soil, so if grass clippings are removed this will help. 

Look for fungi around the base of trees too, where the natural short grass under the canopy can allow different fungi to emerge. 

Areas of amenity grassland may host rabbits or moles, and the rough grass which will inevitably be found around the edges, will be a refuge for voles, shrews and other small mammals.

Slow worms may also use the rough edges for shelter, sneaking out onto the short grass to warm up when the coast is clear.