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Special Areas of Conservation

Subberthwaite, Blawith and Torver Low Commons

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Cumbria
Centroid* SD269896
Latitude 54.29638889
Longitude -3.123055556
SAC EU Code UK0030285
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1860.19
* 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 Subberthwaite, Blawith and Torver Low Commons SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (0.5%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (17.1%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (11%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (69.9%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (1.5%)

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 in south-west Cumbria supports some of the best examples of Transition mires and quaking bogs in the UK, with over 200 mires on a broad hilly plateau. The mires are dominated by tall sedges and rushes with mixed herbs, over a ground layer of bog-mosses Sphagnum spp. and feather-mosses including Calliergon cuspidatum. Twenty-six NVC types are represented, including M4 Carex rostrataSphagnum recurvum mire, M9 Carex rostrataCalliergon cuspidatum/giganteum mire, and S27 Carex rostrataPotentilla palustris tall-herb fen.

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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