Siliceous alpine and boreal grasslands

Description (English)

Boreo-alpine formations of the higher summits of mountains in the Alps and Scandanavia with outliers elsewhere such as the Tatra, with Juncus trifidus, Carex bigelowii, mosses and lichens. Also included are associated snowbed communities.

Source: Interpretation Manual of European Union Habitats, version EUR 28 (2013)

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 6150)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Alpine - Favourable
Atlantic - Unfavourable-Bad
Boreal - Favourable
Continental - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Habitat type Not priority
Natura 2000 sites 355 are designated for this habitat type

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Conservation status

EU conservation status

Conservation status assesses every six years and for each biogeographical region the condition of habitats and species compared to the favourable status as described in the Habitats Directive. The map shows the 2007-2012 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Favourable: A habitat is in a situation where it is prospering and with good prospects to do so in the future as well
Unfavourable-Inadequate: A habitat is in a situation where a change in management or policy is required to return the habitat to favourable status but there is no danger of disappearance in the foreseeable future
Unfavourable-Bad: A habitat is in serious danger of disappearing (at least regionally)
Unknown: The information available for the habitat type is scarce and does not allow a proper assessment of its conservation status
Full table details

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Carex bigelowii
Flowering Plants Cassiope tetragona
Flowering Plants Juncus trifidus
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Carex bigelowii Flowering Plants
Cassiope tetragona Flowering Plants
Juncus trifidus Flowering Plants

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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E4.32 Oroboreal acidocline grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E4.3 Acid alpine and subalpine grassland narrower
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U14 Alchemilla alpina-Sibbaldia procumbens dwarf-herb community not defined
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U11 Polytrichum sexangulare-Kiaeria starkei snow-bed not defined
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U10 Carex bigelowii-Racomitrium lanuginosum moss heath not defined
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U7 Nardus stricta-Carex bigelowii grass heath not defined
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U8 Carex bigelowii-Polytrichum alpinum sedge heath not defined
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U12 Salix herbacea-Racomitrium lanuginosum snow-bed not defined
National Vegetation Classification (UK) U9 Juncus trifidus-Racomitrium lanuginosum rush-heath not defined
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