Dawlish Warren

Site details

UK map showing location of Dawlish Warren Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Dawlish Warren 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

2190 Humid dune slacks
Dawlish Warren is a large sand spit with a dune system. The humid dune slacks support a population of the Annex II species 1395 petalwort Petalophyllum ralfsii for which the site is also selected.

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

2120 "Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria (""white dunes"")"
2130 "Fixed coastal dunes with herbaceous vegetation (""grey dunes"")"  * Priority feature

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

1395 Petalwort  Petalophyllum ralfsii
Large populations of petalwort Petalophyllum ralfsii occur in two dune slacks at Dawlish Warren. One of the slacks is on a natural, sandy substrate, and here the population appears to be expanding. In the other slack, petalwort grows on sand overlying an artificial masonry/stone substrate, which receives run-off from an adjacent limestone gravel track. Elsewhere in this slack the sand is more acidic and supports populations of the liverwort Fossombronia incurva. Both slacks are closely grazed by rabbits Oryctolagus cuniculus.

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

Not applicable.


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