|Unitary Authority||Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area|
|SAC EU Code||UK0012552|
|Status||Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)|
|* 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.|
General site character
Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (1%)
Dry grassland, Steppes (96%)
Alpine and sub-Alpine grassland (3%)
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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
6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)
This site hosts the priority habitat type "orchid rich sites". This site is situated on the southern edge of the Marlborough Downs on the Wiltshire chalk and consists largely of CG2
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
- Not Applicable
Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site
1654 Early gentian Gentianella anglica
Pewsey Downs is one of three sites selected in the central part of the range for early gentian Gentianella anglica. It holds a very significant population of hundreds of thousands of plants growing in high-quality chalk grassland.
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
- Not Applicable
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