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Special Areas of Conservation

Borders Woods

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Eastern Scotland
Centroid* NT582321
Latitude 55.58055556
Longitude -2.6625
SAC EU Code UK0030094
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 54.08
* 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 Borders Woods SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (6%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (9.5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (83.5%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (1%)

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

  • This complex of gorge woodland sites in south-east Scotland contains very good examples of Tilio-Acerion forests. The woodlands are of mixed-age, coppiced ash Fraxinus excelsior and wych elm Ulmus glabra with varied structure and a diverse field-layer rich in calcicolous and nitrophilous plant species. The woodlands have developed on steep, flushed slopes with open seepages and base-rich soils along tributary streams of the River Tweed. The plant communities have affinities with examples of the habitat in lowland England.

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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