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Special Areas of Conservation

Deeside and Buckley Newt Sites

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Wales
Unitary Authority East Wales
Centroid* SJ291678
Latitude 53.20305556
Longitude -3.061666667
SAC EU Code UK0030132
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 206.19
* 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 Deeside and Buckley Newt Sites SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1.9%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (0.2%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (5.3%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (3.5%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (1.2%)
  • Improved grassland (40.5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (30.4%)
  • Coniferous woodland (2.9%)
  • Mixed woodland (4%)
  • Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (10.1%)

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • 1166 Great crested newt Triturus cristatus

    This composite site in north-east Flintshire is on coastal slopes overlooking the Dee estuary. Waterbodies created by the extraction of clay, sand and coal, as well as for agricultural purposes, provide breeding habitat for one of the largest populations of great crested newt Triturus cristatus in Great Britain. Some ponds on the site have been created for nature conservation purposes following post-industrial reclamation. Terrestrial habitat is rich and varies from neutral and acid grasslands, through Molinia mires to scrub and mature broad-leaved woodland. The site also supports considerable numbers of all the widespread amphibian species.

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

  • Not Applicable

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