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Special Areas of Conservation

Skipwith Common

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority North Yorkshire
Centroid* SE668362
Latitude 53.82777778
Longitude -0.9975
SAC EU Code UK0030276
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 294.6
* 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 Skipwith Common SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (5%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (5%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (55%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (27%)
  • Mixed woodland (3%)

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 northern Atlantic wet heath at Skipwith Common is the most extensive of its type in the north of England. The M16 Erica tetralixSphagnum compactum wet heath is dominated by cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix and purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea. There is a small population of marsh gentian Gentiana pneumonanthe. The wet heath is part of transitions from open water, fen, reed and swap to 4030 European dry heaths and other habitats. The site has great ornithological and entomological importance.

  • Skipwith Common is one of the only two extensive areas of open heathland remaining in the Vale of York, the other being Strensall Common. The dry heath element is an example of H9 Calluna vulgarisDeschampsia flexuosa heath dominated by heather Calluna vulgaris. The area has entomological and ornithological importance, with nearly 80 species of birds recorded, including European nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus.

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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