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Special Areas of Conservation

Hackpen Hill

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
Centroid* SU352847
Latitude 51.55944444
Longitude -1.491944444
SAC EU Code UK0030162
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 35.57
* 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 Hackpen Hill SAC

General site character

  • Dry grassland, Steppes (100%)

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

  • 1654 Early gentian Gentianella anglica

    Hackpen Hill is an extensive area of unimproved chalk grassland in the Downs. The site has a variety of aspect and gradients, with the grassland dominated by red fescue Festuca rubra and upright brome Bromus erectus. The herb flora includes a significant population of early gentian Gentianella anglica, as well as autumn gentian Gentianella amarella, fragrant orchid Gymnadenia conopsea, frog orchid Coeloglossum viride, horseshoe vetch Hippocrepis comosa, common rock-rose Helianthemum nummularium and dwarf thistle Cirsium acaule.

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

  • Not Applicable

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