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Special Areas of Conservation

North Downs Woodlands

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Kent
Centroid* TQ674629
Latitude 51.34
Longitude 0.403611111
SAC EU Code UK0030225
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 288.58
* 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 North Downs Woodlands SAC

General site character

  • Dry grassland, Steppes (14%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (63%)
  • Coniferous woodland (23%)

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

  • This site consists of mature Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests and also yew 91J0 Yew Taxus baccata woods on steep slopes. The stands lie within a mosaic of scrub and other woodland types and are the most easterly of the beech woodland sites selected. Parts of the woods were affected by the Great Storm of 1987.

  • 91J0 Taxus baccata woods of the British Isles  * Priority feature

    Yew Taxus baccata woodland at this site is associated with 9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests, scrub and small areas of unimproved grassland on thin chalk soils. Where the shade is not too dense dog’s mercury Mercurialis perennis predominates in the ground flora. The site is the most easterly of those selected.

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • Not Applicable

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