Hamford Water

Site details

UK map showing location of Hamford Water Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Hamford Water 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

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. Hamford Water supports the majority of the Essex population and is the most important UK site for this species, supporting approximately 70% of the population. Hamford Water is a large, shallow estuarine basin comprising tidal creeks, islands, intertidal mud, sand flats and saltmarshes. Above the saltmarsh there is unimproved and improved grassland (including grazing marsh), scrub, woodland, hedges, ditches, ponds and reedbeds. The site encompasses those areas where the moth's food plant hog's fennel (Peucedanum officinale) grows and where there is an abundance of the grasses 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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