|Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
|SAC EU Code
|Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
|* 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.
General site character
Dry grassland, Steppes (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
- 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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