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Special Areas of Conservation

Roman Wall Loughs

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Northumberland and Tyne and Wear
Centroid* NY775695
Latitude 55.01944444
Longitude -2.351666667
SAC EU Code UK0030267
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 683.1
* 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 Roman Wall Loughs SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (11.6%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (41.1%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (8.9%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (14.1%)
  • Improved grassland (21.4%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (1.4%)
  • Coniferous woodland (0.5%)
  • Mixed woodland (0.8%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (0.2%)

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

  • The Roman Wall Loughs area contains three natural eutrophic lakes, Crag, Broomlee and Greenlee Loughs. Together the loughs contain 11 species of pondweed Potamogeton including P. lucens, P. pusillus, and P. obtusifolius. P. gramineus occurs in all three loughs in an unusual association with stoneworts Chara spp. The nationally-rare autumnal water-starwort Callitriche hermaphroditica occurs in Crag Lough. Shoreweed Littorella uniflora grows in Broomlee and Greenlee Loughs, and greater bladderwort Utricularia vulgaris in the latter.

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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