Exmoor and Quantock Oakwoods
Location of Exmoor and Quantock Oakwoods SAC/SCI/cSAC
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
|91A0 Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in the British Isles|
|This site supports extensive tracts of old sessile oak woods in conjunction with heath. They are rich in bryophytes, ferns (including Dryopteris aemula) and epiphytic lichens, the latter often associated with old pollards, since parts are former wood-pasture rather than the oak coppice that is more common with this type. In the Barle Valley the woods also occur in mosaic with glades and small fields and the combination results in good populations of fritillary butterflies. |
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
|1308 Barbastelle Barbastella barbastellus|
|A maternity colony of barbastelles Barbastella barbastellus utilises a range of tree roosts in this area of predominantly oak Quercus spp. woodland.|
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary
reason for site selection
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