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Special Areas of Conservation

Briddlesford Copses

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Hampshire and Isle of Wight
Centroid* SZ548907
Latitude 50.71055556
Longitude -1.220833333
SAC EU Code UK0030328
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 165.44
* 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 Briddlesford Copses SAC

General site character

  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins) (1%)
  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes (4%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (90%)
  • Mixed woodland (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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • 1323 Bechstein's bat Myotis bechsteinii

    The Briddlesford Copse complex of woodlands represents the most varied, structurally diverse and species-rich cluster of ancient broadleaved woodland on the Isle of Wight and supports an important breeding population of the rare Bechstein’s bat Myotis bechsteinii. The bats use holes and crevices in mature trees for roosting and the interconnecting woodlands for feeding.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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