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Special Areas of Conservation

Yewbarrow Woods

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Cumbria
Centroid* SD347872
Latitude 54.27611111
Longitude -3.002777778
SAC EU Code UK0030306
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 112.7
* 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 Yewbarrow Woods SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (14%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (80%)
  • Coniferous woodland (4%)
  • Non-forest areas cultivated with woody plants (including Orchards, groves, Vineyards, Dehesas) (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

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

    Extensive yew Taxus baccata groves occur on the slopes and crags of Yewbarrow in association with 91A0 old sessile oak woods and invasive beech Fagus sylvatica stands on acidic substrates. Over much of the site, where light conditions allow, grasses such as wavy hair-grass Deschampsia flexuosa and creeping soft-grass Holcus mollis predominate with bracken Pteridium aquilinum. There are also some base-rich flushes along the stream-sides.

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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