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Special Areas of Conservation

Harbottle Moors

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Northumberland and Tyne and Wear
Centroid* NT907041
Latitude 55.33111111
Longitude -2.146944444
SAC EU Code UK0030333
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 931.77
* 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 Harbottle Moors SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1.3%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (6.2%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (87%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (5.3%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (0.2%)

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

  • At a little under 400 m altitude, Harbottle Moors is a relatively low-lying example of upland European dry heath. Situated on Carboniferous rocks, the heathland community is dominated by heather Calluna vulgaris with some crowberry Empetrum nigrum, bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus and bracken Pteridium aquilinum. Some areas are relatively species-rich, with up to six different dwarf shrub species being found. This may suggest a fairly un-intensive management history with regard to grazing and burning.

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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