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Special Areas of Conservation

East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Devon
Centroid* SY040868
Latitude 50.67194444
Longitude -3.359166667
SAC EU Code UK0012602
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1124.4
* 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 East Devon Pebblebed Heaths SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (5%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (15%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (70%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (3%)
  • Coniferous woodland (3%)
  • Mixed woodland (3%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (1%)

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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

  • This is the largest block of lowland heathland in Devon and is associated with various other mire communities. The wet element occupies the lower-lying areas and includes good examples of M16 Erica tetralixSphagnum compactum wet heath. Among the 21 breeding dragonfly species is the Annex II species 1044 Southern damselfly Coenagrion mercuriale. There is also an important assemblage of birds, including European nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus, Eurasian hobby Falco subbuteo and Dartford warbler Sylvia undata.

  • The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths in south-west England include extensive areas of lowland European dry heaths. This site has representative examples of H4 Ulex galliiAgrostis curtisii heath, characterised by the presence of heather Calluna vulgaris, bell heather Erica cinerea, western gorse Ulex gallii, bristle bent Agrostis curtisii, purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea, cross-leaved heath E. tetralix and tormentil Potentilla erecta. The presence of plants such as cross-leaved heath illustrates the more oceanic nature of these heathlands, as this species is typical of wet heath in the more continental parts of the UK.

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

    This site holds two relatively small populations representing southern damselfly Coenagrion mercuriale in the south-west of its range in England. These populations occur in wet flushes within the site.

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

  • Not Applicable

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