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Special Areas of Conservation

Strensall Common

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority North Yorkshire
Centroid* SE651598
Latitude 54.02972222
Longitude -1.005833333
SAC EU Code UK0030284
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 572
* 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 Strensall Common SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (2%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (3%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (65%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (24%)
  • Coniferous woodland (1%)

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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

  • Strensall Common, together with Skipwith Common, is an example of acidic lowland heath in northern England. The wet element is well-represented by M16 Erica tetralixSphagnum compactum wet heath, although its extent has been reduced by drainage. It is a noted locality for marsh gentian Gentiana pneumonanthe, narrow buckler-fern Dryopteris carthusiana and long-leaved sundew Drosera intermedia.

  • Strensall Common, with Skipwith Common, is one of only two extensive areas of open heathland remaining in the Vale of York. There is a complex mosaic of 4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix and dry heath elements. The H9 Calluna vulgarisDeschampsia flexuosa dry heath is noted for petty whin Genista anglica and bird’s-foot Ornithopus perpusillus.

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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