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Special Areas of Conservation

Nene Washes

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority East Anglia
Centroid* TL302990
Latitude 52.57277778
Longitude -0.078333333
SAC EU Code UK0030222
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 82.57
* 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 Nene Washes SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (65%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (10%)
  • Improved grassland (25%)

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

  • Not Applicable

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • 1149 Spined loach Cobitis taenia

    Moreton’s Leam, a large drainage channel running along the eastern flank of the Nene Washes, contains the highest recorded density of spined loach Cobitis taenia in the UK. There may also be thriving populations in the smaller ditches of the Washes. The site represents spined loach populations in the Nene catchment.

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

  • Not Applicable

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