Wye and Crundale Downs

Site details

UK map showing location of Wye and Crundale Downs Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Wye and Crundale Downs 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

6210 Semi-natural dry grasslands and scrubland facies on calcareous substrates (Festuco-Brometalia) (* important orchid sites)
This site hosts the priority habitat type "orchid rich sites". Wye and Crundale Downs consists mostly of NVC types CG4 Brachypodium pinnatum and CG5 Bromus erectusBrachypodium pinnatum grasslands, although small areas of CG2 Festuca ovinaAvenula pratensis grassland also occur. It has an important assemblage of rare, scarce and uncommon orchids, including early spider-orchid Ophrys sphegodes, late spider-orchid O. fuciflora, burnt orchid Orchis ustulata and lady orchid Orchis purpurea. The site contains the largest UK colony of O. fuciflora, representing about 50% of the national population.

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

Not applicable.

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

Not applicable.


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