Correspondences between UK Lowland Heathland Habitat Types

 

The table below shows how the different lowland heathland habitat types recognised by the mainstream habitat classifications in the UK relate to each other. The types included are those recognised under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (UK BAP), the EU Habitats Directive, and the British National Vegetation Classification (NVC).

 

The table shows only how the types broadly fit together – some examples of the types shown may fit into other vegetation/habitat types. For more detailed information see the NBN dictionary of habitat correspondences interactive spreadsheet.

 

Click on the links to access the definitions of the UK BAP and EU Annex I types. Details of the NVC types are available in the five-volume publication entitled British Plant Communities – summary descriptions can be found in the NVC field guide to mires and heaths.

 

UK BAP priority habitats

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitats

National Vegetation Classification types

Lowland heathland

H4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix

H5 Erica vagans-Schoenus nigricans heath

M14 Schoenus nigricans-Narthecium ossifragum mire

M15 Scirpus cespitosus-Erica tetralix wet heath

M16 Erica tetralix-Sphagnum compactum wet heath

H4020 Temperate Atlantic wet heaths with Erica ciliaris and Erica tetralix

H3 Ulex minor-Agrostis curtisii heath

H4 Ulex gallii-Agrostis curtisii heath

M16 Erica tetralix-Sphagnum compactum wet heath

H4030 European dry heaths

H1 Calluna vulgaris-Festuca ovina heath

H2 Calluna vulgaris-Ulex minor heath

H3 Ulex minor-Agrostis curtisii heath

H4 Ulex gallii-Agrostis curtisii heath

H7 Calluna vulgaris-Scilla verna heath

H8 Calluna vulgaris-Ulex gallii heath

H9 Calluna vulgaris-Erica cinerea heath

H10 Calluna vulgaris-Erica cinerea heath

H12 Calluna vulgaris-Vaccinium myrtillus heath

H4040 Dry Atlantic coastal heaths with Erica vagans

H6 Erica vagans-Ulex europaeus heath

H7150 Depressions on peat substrates of the Rhynchosporin

M15 Scirpus cespitosus-Erica tetralix wet heath

M16 Erica tetralix-Sphagnum compactum wet heath