North Downs Woodlands
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
|9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests|
|This site consists of mature Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests and also yew 91J0 Yew Taxus baccata woods on steep slopes. The stands lie within a mosaic of scrub and other woodland types and are the most easterly of the beech woodland sites selected. Parts of the woods were affected by the Great Storm of 1987.|
|91J0 Taxus baccata woods of the British Isles * Priority feature|
|Yew Taxus baccata woodland at this site is associated with 9130 Asperulo-Fagetum beech forests, scrub and small areas of unimproved grassland on thin chalk soils. Where the shade is not too dense dog’s mercury Mercurialis perennis predominates in the ground flora. The site is the most easterly of those selected.|
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
|6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)|
Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
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