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Special Areas of Conservation

Fontmell and Melbury Downs

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Dorset and Somerset
Centroid* ST900193
Latitude 50.97222222
Longitude -2.142777778
SAC EU Code UK0012550
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 263.09
* This is the approximate central point of the SAC. In the case of large, linear or composite sites, this may not represent the location where a feature occurs within the SAC.
Location of Fontmell and Melbury Downs SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (12%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (88%)

Download the Natura 2000 standard data form for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF <100kb)

Note When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • 1654 Early gentian Gentianella anglica

    This inland site supports consistently large populations of early gentian Gentianella anglica, numbering many thousands of plants. The site includes large areas of species-rich chalk grassland and is one of three sites selected in the centre of the main range of the species.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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