Rostrevor Wood

Site details

UK map showing location of Rostrevor Wood Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Rostrevor Wood 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

91A0 Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in the British Isles
Rostrevor Wood occurs on the lower slopes of the Mourne Mountains in the south-east of Northern Ireland. As a result, it has a drier climate than most of the other examples of old sessile oak woods in Northern Ireland. The wood has a diverse structure with a tall and mature canopy dominated by oak Quercus spp., and a well-developed understorey of hazel Corylus avellana with occasional holly Ilex aquifolium and rowan Sorbus aucuparia. Bramble Rubus fruticosus agg., with bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus, honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum and ferns make up the field layer, and the dense ground flora is dominated by extensive carpets of great wood-rush Luzula sylvatica with scattered wood-sorrel Oxalis acetosella. The wood supports a number of plant species that are scarce in Northern Ireland, such as toothwort Lathraea squamaria, birdís-nest orchid Neottia nidus-avis and wood fescue Festuca altissima.

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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