Dry sand heaths with Calluna and Genista
Dunes of the North Sea and Baltic plains, formed of quartzic sands originating in redeposited and reworked glacial drift and outwash. They are highly siliceous in the Netherlands, northern Belgium and northwestern Germany, progressively slightly less oligotrophic and with a more continental cortège in northeastern Germany, Poland and eastern Baltic plain. The dune systems, particularly the large ones, harbour a unique ensemble of interacting communities and harbour many specialised and restricted organisms. They have considerably regressed and the remaining examples are fragile and often threatened. Vegetation is dominated by heaths with Calluna and Genista.
|EU Habitats Directive||Annex I habitat type (code 2310)|
|EU conservation status by biogeographical region||Atlantic - Bad|
|Continental - Poor|
|Habitat type||Not priority|
|Natura 2000 sites||173 are designated for this habitat type|
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 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.