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Special Areas of Conservation

Birklands and Bilhaugh

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
Centroid* SK618679
Latitude 53.20472222
Longitude -1.075277778
SAC EU Code UK0012740
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 270.5
* 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 Birklands and Bilhaugh SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (1%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (3%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (89%)
  • Coniferous woodland (5%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (2%)

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

  • Birklands and Bilhaugh is the most northerly site selected for old acidophilous oak woods and is notable for its rich invertebrate fauna, particularly spiders, and for a diverse fungal assemblage, including Grifoa suphurea and Fistulina hepatica. Both native oak species, Quercus petraea and Quercus robur, are present, with a mixture of age-classes, so there is good potential for maintaining the structure and function of the woodland system and a continuity of dead-wood habitats.

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • Not Applicable

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