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Special Areas of Conservation

River Itchen

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Centroid* SU467174
Latitude 50.9539
Longitude -1.3347
SAC EU Code UK0012599
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 303.98
* 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 River Itchen SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (40%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (27%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (19%)
  • Improved grassland (1%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (10%)
  • Mixed woodland (2%)
  • Non-forest areas cultivated with woody plants (including Orchards, groves, Vineyards, Dehesas) (1%)

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

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

  • 1044 Southern damselfly Coenagrion mercuriale

    Strong populations of southern damselfly Coenagrion mercuriale occur here, estimated to be in the hundreds of individuals. The site in central southern England represents one of the major population centres in the UK. It also represents a population in a managed chalk-river flood plain, an unusual habitat for this species in the UK, rather than on heathland.

  • 1163 Bullhead Cottus gobio

    The Itchen is a classic chalk river that supports high densities of bullhead Cottus gobio throughout much of its length. The river provides good water quality, extensive beds of submerged plants that act as a refuge for the species, and coarse sediments that are vital for spawning and juvenile development.

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

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