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
|9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines * Priority feature|
|Downton Gorge is an example of Tilio-Acerion forests in a narrow ravine with a distinctive microclimate and a variety of slopes and aspects. Both small-leaved lime Tilia cordata and large-leaved lime T. platyphyllos occur, together with ash Fraxinus excelsior and elm Ulmus spp. The ground flora includes wood fescue Festuca altissima and violet helleborine Epipactis purpurata. The gorge cliffs are rich in ferns, reflecting the humidity of the site, with a wide range of species recorded.|
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
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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