General characteristics

Marine areas, Sea inlets (1%)

Coastal sand dunes, Sand beaches, Machair (10%)

Shingle, Sea cliffs, Islets (10%)

Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (2%)

Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (2%)

Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (35%)

Dry grassland, Steppes (35%)

Other land (including Towns, Villages, Roads, Waste places, Mines, Industrial sites) (5%)

Habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Temperate Atlantic wet heaths with Erica ciliaris and Erica tetralix  * Priority feature

This site is characterised by maritime European dry heaths, but along the Chapel Porth valley it supports stands of Dorset heath Erica ciliaris. At this site the species occurs on drier substrates than in Dorset.

European dry heaths

The dry heathland in this site represents typical examples of wind-pruned, ‘waved’ H4 Ulex gallii – Agrostis curtisii and H8 Calluna vulgaris – Ulex gallii heath, with some maritime features. Several noteworthy species occur in the site, including bristle bent Agrostis curtisii, red-flowered kidney vetch Anthyllis vulneraria var. coccinea, Portland spurge Euphorbia portlandica and hairy greenweed Genista pilosa. Scattered areas of Temperate Atlantic wet heaths with Erica ciliaris and Erica tetralix also occur.

Species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Early gentian  Gentianella anglica

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