East Devon Pebblebed Heaths

Site details

UK map showing location of East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of East Devon Pebblebed Heaths SAC/SCI/cSAC


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

4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix
This is the largest block of lowland heathland in Devon and is associated with various other mire communities. The wet element occupies the lower-lying areas and includes good examples of M16 Erica tetralixSphagnum compactum wet heath. Among the 21 breeding dragonfly species is the Annex II species 1044 Southern damselfly Coenagrion mercuriale. There is also an important assemblage of birds, including European nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus, Eurasian hobby Falco subbuteo and Dartford warbler Sylvia undata.
4030 European dry heaths
The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths in south-west England include extensive areas of lowland European dry heaths. This site has representative examples of H4 Ulex galliiAgrostis curtisii heath, characterised by the presence of heather Calluna vulgaris, bell heather Erica cinerea, western gorse Ulex gallii, bristle bent Agrostis curtisii, purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea, cross-leaved heath E. tetralix and tormentil Potentilla erecta. The presence of plants such as cross-leaved heath illustrates the more oceanic nature of these heathlands, as this species is typical of wet heath in the more continental parts of the UK.

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

1044 Southern damselfly  Coenagrion mercuriale
This site holds two relatively small populations representing southern damselfly Coenagrion mercuriale in the south-west of its range in England. These populations occur in wet flushes within the site.

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

Not applicable.

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