Northern wet heaths

Description (English)

Wet heaths of the northern Atlantic and sub-Atlantic domaine and of boreal enclaves in the southern Atlantic and sub-Atlantic domaine. They mostly comprise wet and humid heaths of anmoors, gleypodsols and thin peats of the British Isles, the Germano-Baltic plains and neighbouring Hercynian hills, northern and northwestern France, southern Scandinavia, dominated by Erica tetralix or Calluna vulgaris, sometimes in association with Scirpus cespitosus or Molinia caerulea, usually accompanied by non-peatbuilding sphagna, in particular, Sphagnum compactum, Sphagnum molle, Sphagnum tenellum. They also include peaty heaths of more southern regions, in western France, the periphery of the Paris Basin and northwestern Iberia, mostly developed in the central, most humid, part of depressions, often in contact with somewhat less humid formations of unit F4.12.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code S4-11

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Erica tetralix
Flowering Plants Molinia caerulea
Flowering Plants Scirpus cespitosus
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum compactum
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum molle
Mosses & Liverworts Sphagnum tenellum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Erica tetralix Flowering Plants
Molinia caerulea Flowering Plants
Scirpus cespitosus Flowering Plants
Sphagnum compactum Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum molle Mosses & Liverworts
Sphagnum tenellum Mosses & Liverworts

Other classifications

Not available For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types
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