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Special Areas of Conservation

Galloway Oakwoods

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority South Western Scotland
Centroid* NX383711
Latitude 55.00833333
Longitude -4.529166667
SAC EU Code UK0030153
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 353.68
* 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 Galloway Oakwoods SAC

General site character

  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (100%)

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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

  • This complex of oakwoods is the only site within the SAC series representing the South-west Lowlands of Scotland Atlantic Bryophyte zone. The individual sites are small and dispersed, but are regionally important due to the highly fragmented nature of remnant semi-natural woodland in south-west Scotland. The complex contains good examples of old sessile oak woods, some of which have been coppiced in the past, with a notable oceanic bryophyte flora, including some species rare in south-west Scotland. They typically have rich assemblages of Atlantic mosses and liverworts, lichen communities and ferns, such as hard fern Blechnum spicant. Holly Ilex aquifolium is common in the understorey.

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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