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Special Areas of Conservation

Thorne Moor

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire
Centroid* SE728163
Latitude 53.63833333
Longitude -0.8975
SAC EU Code UK0012915
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1911.02
* 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 Thorne Moor SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (8%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (28%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (19%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (13%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (32%)

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

  • Thorne Moor is England’s largest area of raised bog, lying a few kilometres from the smaller Hatfield Moors, both within the former floodplain of the rivers feeding the Humber estuary (Humberhead Levels), and includes the sub-components Goole Moors and Crowle Moors. Although recent management has increased the proportion of 7110 active raised bog at Thorne Moors, the inclusion of Goole Moors, where peat-extraction has now ceased, means that the site is still predominantly degraded raised bog. The restored secondary surface is rich in species of 7110 Active raised bogs with bog-mosses Sphagnum spp., cottongrasses Eriophorum angustifolium and E. vaginatum, heather Calluna vulgaris, cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix, round-leaved sundew Drosera rotundifolia, cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos and bog-rosemary Andromeda polifolia.

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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