Dorset Heathlands

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Dorset Heathlands

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    6,730 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    50°42'N 02°03'W
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Dorset Heathlands. 01/10/98; England. 6,730 ha; 50°39'N 002°09'W. National Nature Reserve, Special Protection Area EC Directive, SSSI. This inland wetland contains numerous examples of wet heath (Erica ciliaris, E. tetralix) and acid valley mire, habitats that are restricted to the Atlantic fringe of Europe. These heath wetlands are amongst the best of their type in lowland Britain. The site supports a large assemblage of nationally rare and scarce wetland plant species and invertebrates (28 species). The area is used for nature conservation, tourism, recreation, rough or shifting grazing, mining, and hunting. Ramsar site no. 964. Most recent RIS information: 1999.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • nnr
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)