Witherslack Mosses

Site details

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

7110 Active raised bogs  * Priority feature
Meathop Moss, Nichols Moss and Foulshaw Moss are remnants of a formerly interconnected peat body on the west side of the Kent estuary, on its coastal plain. All retain some of the original dome structure, though each has been at least in part degraded by peat-cutting around the edges and by commercial forestry on Foulshaw Moss. Although restricted in area on Foulshaw Moss, each site contains good examples of NVC type M18a Erica tetralix Sphagnum papillosum raised and blanket mire, Sphagnum magellanicum Andromeda polifolia sub-community. Most of Foulshaw Moss is classified as 7120 degraded raised bog.
7120 Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration
Meathop Moss, Nichols Moss and Foulshaw Moss are remnants of a formerly interconnected peat body on the west side of the Kent estuary, on its coastal plain. All retain some of the original dome structure, though each has been at least in part degraded by peat-cutting around the edges and by commercial forestry on Foulshaw Moss. Degraded raised bog predominates on Foulshaw Moss and is present around the edges on the other two, but each site contains good examples of 7110 Active raised bogs as NVC type M18a Erica tetralix Sphagnum papillosum raised and blanket mire, Sphagnum magellanicum Andromeda polifolia sub-community. The forestry plantations are now being removed from Foulshaw Moss.

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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