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Special Areas of Conservation

Cotswold Beechwoods

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area
Centroid* SO898134
Latitude 51.81861111
Longitude -2.147777778
SAC EU Code UK0013658
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 590.2
* 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 Cotswold Beechwoods SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (1.5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (82%)
  • Coniferous woodland (5%)
  • Mixed woodland (10%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (0.5%)

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

  • The Cotswold Beechwoods represent the most westerly extensive blocks of Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests in the UK. The woods are floristically richer than the Chilterns, and rare plants include red helleborine Cephalanthera rubra, stinking hellebore Helleborus foetidus, narrow-lipped helleborine Epipactis leptochila and wood barley Hordelymus europaeus. There is a rich mollusc fauna. The woods are structurally varied, including blocks of high forest and some areas of remnant beech coppice.

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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