Macaronesian mesophile grasslands

Description (English)

Secondary grasslands of the highest levels of the Atlantic islands.

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

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 6180)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Macaronesian - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Habitat type Not priority
Natura 2000 sites 14 are designated for this habitat type

Distribution

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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

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Bellis azorica
Flowering Plants Cardamine caldeirarum
Flowering Plants Deschampsia foliosa
Ferns Dryopteris azorica
Ferns Dryopteris crispifolia
Flowering Plants Euphrasia grandiflora
Flowering Plants Festuca jubata
Flowering Plants Holcus rigidus
Flowering Plants Lactuca watsoniana
Flowering Plants Ranunculus cortusifolius
Flowering Plants Rumex azoricus
Flowering Plants Sanicula azorica
Flowering Plants Senecio malvifolius
Flowering Plants Tolpis azorica
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Bellis azorica Flowering Plants
Cardamine caldeirarum Flowering Plants
Deschampsia foliosa Flowering Plants
Dryopteris azorica Ferns
Dryopteris crispifolia Ferns
Euphrasia grandiflora Flowering Plants
Festuca jubata Flowering Plants
Holcus rigidus Flowering Plants
Lactuca watsoniana Flowering Plants
Ranunculus cortusifolius Flowering Plants
Rumex azoricus Flowering Plants
Sanicula azorica Flowering Plants
Senecio malvifolius Flowering Plants
Tolpis azorica Flowering Plants

Natura 2000 sites

Protected sites

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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E2.15 Macaronesian mesic grassland same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E2.1 Permanent mesotrophic pastures and aftermath-grazed meadows narrower
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