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
|4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix|
|Strensall Common, together with Skipwith Common, is an example of acidic lowland heath in northern England. The wet element is well-represented by M16 Erica tetralix – Sphagnum compactum wet heath, although its extent has been reduced by drainage. It is a noted locality for marsh gentian Gentiana pneumonanthe, narrow buckler-fern Dryopteris carthusiana and long-leaved sundew Drosera intermedia.|
|4030 European dry heaths|
|Strensall Common, with Skipwith Common, is one of only two extensive areas of open heathland remaining in the Vale of York. There is a complex mosaic of 4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix and dry heath elements. The H9 Calluna vulgaris – Deschampsia flexuosa dry heath is noted for petty whin Genista anglica and bird’s-foot Ornithopus perpusillus.|
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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