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Special Areas of Conservation

Epping Forest

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Essex, Outer London
Centroid* TQ399959
Latitude 51.64416667
Longitude 0.0225
SAC EU Code UK0012720
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1630.74
* 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 Epping Forest SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (6%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (0.2%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (3.8%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (20%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (70%)

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

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

  • 1083 Stag beetle Lucanus cervus

    Epping Forest is a large woodland area in which records of stag beetle Lucanus cervus are widespread and frequent; the site straddles the Essex and east London population centres. Epping Forest is a very important site for fauna associated with decaying timber, and supports many Red Data Book and Nationally Scarce invertebrate species.

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

  • Not Applicable

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