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SBI Guidelines: Heathland

Sites of Biological Importance

  • Any site greater than 0.5ha in which any of the following dwarf shrubs, either individually or in combination, have close to or more than 25% cover:
    • Calluna vulgaris (Heather)
    • Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry)
    • Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Cowberry)
    • Vaccinium myrtillusvitis idaea (Hybrid Bilberry)
    • Erica cinerea (Bell Heather)
    • Erica tetralix (Cross-leaved Heath)
    • Empetrum nigrum ssp. nigrum (Crowberry)
    • Ulex species, when in combination with any of the above

The site should also include any adjoining or integral areas of scrub, bare sandy paths, sand exposures and grassland / ruderal land containing flowering plants of up to 25% of the total amount of heathland. If over 25% then the site should be considered as described in Section 3.3.

Biodiversity Alert Sites

  • Any site between 0.1 – 0.5ha in which any of the following dwarf shrubs, either individually or in combination, have close to or more than 25% cover:
    • Calluna vulgaris (Heather)
    • Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry)
    • Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Cowberry)
    • Vaccinium myrtillusvitis idaea (Hybrid Bilberry)
    • Erica cinerea (Bell Heather)
    • Erica tetralix (Cross-leaved Heath)
    • Empetrum nigrum ssp. nigrum (Crowberry)
    • Ulex species, when in combination with any of the above

The site should also include areas of scrub, bare sandy paths, sand exposures and grassland / ruderal land containing flowering plants.

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