SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Walmore Common

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Walmore Common is located in Gloucestershire, in the west of England, about 10 km south-west of Gloucester. It is an area of damp grassland and ditches composed of clayey soils overlying the only significant area of peatland in Gloucestershire. The area is subject to regular winter flooding and this creates suitable conditions for regular wintering by an important number of Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii.


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
Over winter;
Bewick's Swan Cygnus columbianus bewickii, 104 individuals representing at least 1.5% of the wintering population in Great Britain (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)



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