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Special Areas of Conservation

Cannock Chase

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Shropshire and Staffordshire
Centroid* SJ982188
Latitude 52.76638889
Longitude -2.026666667
SAC EU Code UK0030107
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1244.2
* 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 Cannock Chase SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (0.5%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (76.3%)
  • Coniferous woodland (12%)
  • Non-forest areas cultivated with woody plants (including Orchards, groves, Vineyards, Dehesas) (10.5%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (0.7%)

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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 area of lowland heathland at Cannock Chase is the most extensive in the Midlands, although there have been losses due to fragmentation and scrub/woodland encroachment. The character of the vegetation is intermediate between the upland or northern heaths of England and Wales and those of southern counties. Dry heathland communities belong to NVC types H8 Calluna vulgarisUlex gallii and H9 Calluna vulgarisDeschampsia flexuosa heaths. Within the heathland, species of northern latitudes occur, such as cowberry Vaccinium vitis-idaea and crowberry Empetrum nigrum. Cannock Chase has the main British population of the hybrid bilberry Vaccinium intermedium, a plant of restricted occurrence. There are important populations of butterflies and beetles, as well as European nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus and five species of bats.

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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