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Special Areas of Conservation

North Pennine Dales Meadows

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Cumbria, Lancashire, North Yorkshire, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley and Durham
Centroid* NY931256
Latitude 54.62527778
Longitude -2.106666667
SAC EU Code UK0014775
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 481.64
* 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 North Pennine Dales Meadows SAC

General site character

  • Dry grassland, Steppes (1%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (99%)

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 North Pennine Dales contain a series of isolated fields within several north Pennine and Cumbrian valleys. The site encompasses the range of variation exhibited by Mountain hay meadows in the UK and contains the major part of the remaining UK resource of this habitat type. The grasslands included within the site exhibit very limited effects of agricultural improvement and show good conservation of structure and function. A wide range of rare and local meadow species are contained within the meadows, including globeflower Trollius europaeus, the lady’s-mantles Alchemilla acutiloba, A. monticola and A. subcrenata, and spignel Meum athamanticum.

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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