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Special Areas of Conservation

Kennet and Lambourn Floodplain

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area
Centroid* SU313704
Latitude 51.43138889
Longitude -1.549722222
SAC EU Code UK0030044
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 112.24
* 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 Kennet and Lambourn Floodplain SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (59%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (40%)

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • 1016 Desmoulin's whorl snail Vertigo moulinsiana

    The cluster of sites selected in the Kennet and Lambourn valleys supports one of the most extensive known populations of Desmoulin’s whorl snail Vertigo moulinsiana in the UK and is one of two sites representing the species in the south-western part of its range in the important chalk stream habitat. Integrity of the population is being maintained by taking measures, including habitat creation, to safeguard populations. The habitat occupied at this site differs from the Fenland sites in East Anglia in that it is predominantly reed sweet-grass Glyceria maxima swamp or tall sedges at the river margins, in ditches and in depressions in wet meadows.

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

  • Not Applicable

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