Dry sand heaths with Calluna and Empetrum nigrum

Description (English)

Coastal non-dunal Calluna vulgaris and Empetrum nigrum heaths of the North Sea and the Baltic, formed on quartzic sands originating in redeposited and reworked glacial drift and outwash.

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

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 2320)
Habitat type Not priority
Natura 2000 sites 79 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 2013-2018 assessments as reported by EU Member State. Assessments are further detailed in the summary document available behind the link below.

Good: A habitat is in a situation where it is prospering and with good prospects to do so in the future as well
Poor: 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
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

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Calluna vulgaris
Flowering Plants Empetrum nigrum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Calluna vulgaris Flowering Plants
Empetrum nigrum Flowering Plants

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
DE1119303 Germany Süderlügumer Binnendünen Map
DE1219392 Germany Heide- und Magerrasenlandschaft am Ochsenweg und im Soholmfeld Map
DE1319301 Germany NSG Bordelumer Heide und Langenhorner Heide mit Umgebung Map
DE1320302 Germany Lütjenholmer und Bargumer Heide Map
DE1322391 Germany Treene Winderatter See bis Friedrichstadt und Bollingstedter Au Map
DE1623392 Germany Binnendünen- und Moorlandschaft im Sorgetal Map
DE2117331 Germany Küstenheiden und Krattwälder bei Cuxhaven Map
DE2620301 Germany Huvenhoopssee, Huvenhoopsmoor Map
DE2723331 Germany Wümmeniederung Map
DE2824331 Germany Schwarzes Moor und Seemoor Map
DE2921331 Germany Wolfsgrund Map
DE3011331 Germany Windelberg Map
DE3013301 Germany Heiden und Moore an der Talsperre Thülsfeld Map
DE3110301 Germany Tinner Dose, Sprakeler Heide Map
DE3317301 Germany Neustädter Moor Map
DE3406301 Germany Itterbecker Heide Map
DE3409331 Germany Moorschlatts und Heiden in Wachendorf Map
DE3418301 Germany Renzeler Moor Map
DE3508301 Germany Heseper Moor, Engdener Wüste Map
DK003X206 Denmark Rusland Map
DK003X208 Denmark Tisvilde Hegn og Melby Overdrev Map
DK005X221 Denmark Sejerø Bugt og Saltbæk Vig Map
DK007X243 Denmark Hammeren og Slotslyngen Map
DK009X179 Denmark Lindet skov, Hønning Mose, Hønning Plantage og Lovrup Skov Map
DK00AX048 Denmark Hedeområder ved Store Råbjerg Map
DK00AX175 Denmark Nørholm Hede, Nørholm Skov og Varde Å øst for Varde Map
DK00AX291 Denmark Alslev Ådal Map
DK00BY165 Denmark Harrild Hede, Ulvemosen og heder i Nørlund Plantage Map
DK00BY171 Denmark Randbøl Hede og klitter i Frederikshåb Plantage Map
DK00CX037 Denmark Borris Hede Map
DK00CX159 Denmark Heder og klitter på Skovbjerg Bakkeø Map
DK00CX277 Denmark Lønborg Hede Map
DK00CX285 Denmark Flynder Å og heder i Klosterhede Plantage Map
DK00CX286 Denmark Idom Å og Ormstrup Hede Map
DK00DX146 Denmark Anholt og havet nord for Map
DK00DY294 Denmark Stenholt Skov og Stenholt Mose Map
DK00DZ153 Denmark Sepstrup Sande, Vrads Sande, Velling Skov og Palsgård Skov Map
DK00EY288 Denmark Hessellund Hede Map
DK00FX127 Denmark Lundby Hede, Oudrup Østerhede og Vindblæs Hede Map
EE0010126 Estonia Prangli Map
EE0010173 Estonia Lahemaa Map
FI0200022 Finland Pohjankangas Map
FI1100201 Finland Hailuoto, pohjoisranta Map
FI1100202 Finland Kirkkosalmi Map
LTKLA0009 Lithuania Pajūrio kopos Map
LTNER0005 Lithuania Kuršių nerija Map
LV0200200 Latvia Kemeru nacionalais parks Map
LV0200300 Latvia Sliteres nacionalais parks Map
LV0301700 Latvia Piejura Map
LV0302800 Latvia Engures ezers Map
LV0303500 Latvia Pape Map
LV0520900 Latvia Tosmare Map
LV0521500 Latvia Ovisi Map
LV0527400 Latvia Garkalnes mezi Map
LV0536500 Latvia Pavilostas peleka kapa Map
LV0600800 Latvia Adazi Map
NL1000003 Netherlands Witterveld Map
NL2003007 Netherlands Bergvennen & Brecklenkampse Veld Map
NL2003014 Netherlands Drouwenerzand Map
NL2003032 Netherlands Mantingerzand Map
NL2003050 Netherlands Wijnjeterper Schar Map
NL3000070 Netherlands Dwingelderveld Map
NL9801004 Netherlands Bakkeveense Duinen Map
NL9801007 Netherlands Fochteloërveen Map
NL9801009 Netherlands Drentsche Aa-gebied Map
NL9801017 Netherlands Vecht- en Beneden-Reggegebied Map
NL9801023 Netherlands Veluwe Map
NL9801071 Netherlands Holtingerveld Map
NL9803011 Netherlands Drents-Friese Wold & Leggelderveld Map
SE0210277 Sweden Marma Map
SE0420134 Sweden Stenshuvud Map
SE0430113 Sweden Revingefältet Map
SE0510006 Sweden Laholmsbuktens sanddynsreservat Map
SE0510007 Sweden Tjärby Map
SE0510020 Sweden Haverdal Map
SE0510039 Sweden Grimsholmen Map
SE0610178 Sweden Brattforsheden Map
SE0820282 Sweden Torneträsk-Soppero fjällurskog Map
SE0820619 Sweden Tavvavuoma Map

Protected sites

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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Nordic Vegetation Classification 1994 Calluna vulgaris-Empetrum nigrum-Carex arenaria-typ not defined
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