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Special Areas of Conservation

Tankerton Slopes and Swalecliffe

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country England
Unitary Authority Kent
Centroid* TR137675
Latitude 51.3658
Longitude 1.0703
SAC EU Code UK0030378
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 13.01
* 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 Tankerton Slopes and Swalecliffe SAC

General site character

  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (100%)

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

  • 4035 Fisher's estuarine moth Gortyna borelii lunata

    Fisher’s estuarine moth Gortyna borelii lunata has a localised population distribution in the UK, due to its specific habitat requirements and is only found in two areas, the north Essex coast and the north Kent Coast. Tankerton slopes and Swalecliffe supports the majority of the north Kent population of this moth which is approximately 20% of the UK population. The site's north facing slopes are composed of London Clay and support a tall herb community dominated by its food plant hog's fennel (Peucedanum officinale), together with areas of neutral grassland also required by the species for egg laying.

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

  • Not Applicable

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