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Special Areas of Conservation

Rooksmoor

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Dorset and Somerset
Centroid* ST740110
Latitude 50.89722222
Longitude -2.369722222
SAC EU Code UK0012681
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 62.2
* 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 Rooksmoor SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (3%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (35%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (32%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (29%)
  • Mixed woodland (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

  • 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

  • 1065 Marsh fritillary butterfly Euphydryas (Eurodryas, Hypodryas) aurinia

    Representing marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia in the southern part of its range in England, Rooksmoor is an exceptionally large population within a cluster of sites in the Dorset stronghold. A large outlying population at Lydlinch has been included in this site as it is considered to be part of the metapopulation in this area.

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

  • Not Applicable

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