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Special Areas of Conservation

Borrowdale Woodland Complex

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Cumbria
Centroid* NY235129
Latitude 54.50555556
Longitude -3.181666667
SAC EU Code UK0012745
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 669.43
* 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 Borrowdale Woodland Complex SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (0.2%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (0.5%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (24%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (12%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (60.6%)
  • Coniferous woodland (0.3%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (2%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (0.4%)

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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

  • Borrowdale has the most extensive block of western old sessile oak woods in northern England, and has a diverse range of stand types, which contributes to conservation of habitat structure and function. Amongst the oak stands there are small patches of 91D0 Bog woodland (birch Betula sp. on peat), ash Fraxinus excelsior woodland and alder Alnus glutinosa stands. The woods are especially rich in bryophytes and lichens, and northern species occur, such as the moss Ptilium crista-castrensis. Rare plants, such as touch-me-not balsam Impatiens noli-tangere and alpine enchanter’s-nightshade Circaea alpina, also have important British occurrences here.

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • Not Applicable

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