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Special Areas of Conservation

Crowdy Marsh

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Centroid* SX150834
Latitude 50.62055556
Longitude -4.614444444
SAC EU Code UK0030329
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 92.53
* 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 Crowdy Marsh SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (5%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (40%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (30%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (25%)

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

  • Crowdy Marsh is one of several valley mires found around the edge of the granite massif of Bodmin Moor. Most of the gently-sloping wide valley is now occupied by a freshwater reservoir, but feeder streams still meander via a network of water tracks between low peaty mounds over the remainder. The H7140 Transition mire includes the water tracks and occasional waterlogged hollows found throughout Crowdy Marsh.

    The deep hollows are dominated by the bog-moss Sphagnum [auriculatum] with a mix of typical transition mire species such as marsh cinquefoil Potentilla palustris and bogbean Menyanthes trifoliata. Marsh St John’s-wort Hypericum elodes and bog pondweed Potamogeton polygonifolius are common in the water tracks, often fringed by the rushes Juncus effusus and Juncus bulbosus. Pale butterwort Pinguicula lusitanica is widely distributed along the margins of the fen.

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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