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Special Areas of Conservation

Great Yews

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area
Centroid* SU119232
Latitude 51.0075
Longitude -1.830277778
SAC EU Code UK0012770
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 29.09
* 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 Great Yews SAC

General site character

  • Dry grassland, Steppes (2%)
  • Mixed woodland (95%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (3%)

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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

  • 91J0 Taxus baccata woods of the British Isles  * Priority feature

    Great Yews represents yew Taxus baccata woods in the south-west of the habitat’s range. Although it is the smallest example of the habitat within the SAC series, it is important for the presence of about 300 old trees. It probably originated as yew wood following beech Fagus sylvatica or ash Fraxinus excelsior. It has some regeneration and so has the full structural and functional range expected of yew stands.

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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