Fenland

Site details

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

6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous, peaty or clayey-silt-laden soils (Molinion caeruleae)
Fenland contains, particularly at Chippenham Fen, one of the most extensive examples of the tall herb-rich East Anglian type of M24Molinia caerulea Cirsium dissectum fen-meadow. It is important for the conservation of the geographical and ecological range of the habitat type, as this type of fen-meadow is rare and ecologically distinctive in East Anglia.
7210 Calcareous fens with Cladium mariscus and species of the Caricion davallianae  * Priority feature
The individual sites within Fenland cSAC each hold large areas of calcareous fens, with a long and well-documented history of regular management. There is a full range from species-poor Cladium-dominated fen to species-rich fen with a lower proportion of Cladium and containing such species as black bog-rush Schoenus nigricans, tormentil Potentilla erecta and meadow thistle Cirsium dissectum. There are good transitions to purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea and rush pastures, all set within a mosaic of reedbeds and wet pastures.

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

1149 Spined loach  Cobitis taenia
1166 Great crested newt  Triturus cristatus

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