Epping Forest

Site details

UK map showing location of Epping Forest Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Epping Forest SAC/SCI/cSAC
 

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

9120 Atlantic acidophilous beech forests with Ilex and sometimes also Taxus in the shrublayer (Quercion robori-petraeae or Ilici-Fagenion)
Epping Forest represents Atlantic acidophilous beech forests in the north-eastern part of the habitatís UK range. Although the epiphytes at this site have declined, largely as a result of air pollution, it remains important for a range of rare species, including the moss Zygodon forsteri. The long history of pollarding, and resultant large number of veteran trees, ensures that the site is also rich in fungi and dead-wood invertebrates.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix
4030 European dry heaths

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

1083 Stag beetle  Lucanus cervus
Epping Forest is a large woodland area in which records of stag beetle Lucanus cervus are widespread and frequent; the site straddles the Essex and east London population centres. Epping Forest is a very important site for fauna associated with decaying timber, and supports many Red Data Book and Nationally Scarce invertebrate species.

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

Not applicable.


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