Pannonic sand steppes

Description (English)

Formations dominated by medium or tall perennial tuft-forming grasses or suffrutescents, with lacunar ground cover, together with their associated therophyte communities developed on mobile or fixed sands (alluvial sands, subfossil dune systems) within the range of the Pannonic steppes (Pal. 34.91), thus in the Pannonic basin and the areas of preponderant influence of its communities.

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

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 6260)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Continental - Unfavourable-Bad
Pannonian - Unfavourable-Inadequate
Habitat type Priority
Natura 2000 sites 118 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

Species mentioned in habitat description

Flowering Plants Bassia laniflora
Invertebrates Callimorpha quadripunctaria
Flowering Plants Cynodon dactylon
Flowering Plants Dianthus serotinus
Flowering Plants Erysimum diffusum
Flowering Plants Festuca pseudovina
Flowering Plants Festuca vaginata
Invertebrates Gampsocleis glabra
Flowering Plants Gypsophila fastigiata
Flowering Plants Gypsophila paniculata
Flowering Plants Helichrysum arenarium
Flowering Plants Koeleria glauca
Invertebrates Scythris kasyi
Flowering Plants Stipa capillata
Flowering Plants Stipa pulcherrima
Invertebrates Zygaena laeta
Invertebrates Zygaena punctum
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Bassia laniflora Flowering Plants
Callimorpha quadripunctaria Jersey Tiger Invertebrates
Cynodon dactylon Flowering Plants
Dianthus serotinus Flowering Plants
Erysimum diffusum Flowering Plants
Festuca pseudovina Flowering Plants
Festuca vaginata Flowering Plants
Gampsocleis glabra Invertebrates
Gypsophila fastigiata Flowering Plants
Gypsophila paniculata Flowering Plants
Helichrysum arenarium Flowering Plants
Koeleria glauca Flowering Plants
Scythris kasyi Invertebrates
Stipa capillata Flowering Plants
Stipa pulcherrima Flowering Plants
Zygaena laeta Invertebrates
Zygaena punctum Invertebrates

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
AT1106218 Austria Siegendorfer Pußta und Heide Map
AT1110137 Austria Neusiedler See - Nordöstliches Leithagebirge Map
AT1213000 Austria Pannonische Sanddünen Map
BG0000497 Bulgaria Archar Map
BG0000509 Bulgaria Tsibritsa Map
CZ0620024 Czech Republic Váté písky Map
CZ0624070 Czech Republic Hodonínská doubrava Map
HR2000571 Croatia Đurđevački peski Map
HR2000572 Croatia Kloštarski (Kalinovački) peski Map
HUBF20035 Hungary Keszthelyi-hegység Map
HUBF20049 Hungary Dél-zalai homokvidék (Nagykanizsa) Map
HUBF30003 Hungary Kis-Balaton Map
HUBN20062 Hungary Középső-Ipoly-völgy Map
HUDD20023 Hungary Tolnai Duna Map
HUDD20040 Hungary Tengelici homokvidék Map
HUDD20050 Hungary Szenes-legelő Map
HUDD20051 Hungary Darányi borókás Map
HUDD20058 Hungary Látrányi-puszta Map
HUDD20063 Hungary Szentai-erdő Map
HUDD20069 Hungary Paksi ürgemező Map
HUDD20070 Hungary Tengelici rétek Map
HUDI20001 Hungary Ácsi gyepek Map
HUDI20003 Hungary Alapi kaszálórétek Map
HUDI20005 Hungary Bársonyos Map
HUDI20011 Hungary Csépi gyepek Map
HUDI20012 Hungary Csévharaszti homokvidék Map
HUDI20013 Hungary Csolnoki löszgyepek Map
HUDI20014 Hungary Debegió-hegy Map
HUDI20019 Hungary Felső-Tápió Map
HUDI20022 Hungary Gógány- és Kőrös-ér mente Map
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HUDI20025 Hungary Hajta mente Map
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HUDI30001 Hungary Vértes Map
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HUFH20008 Hungary Pannonhalmi-dombság Map
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HUFH30004 Hungary Szigetköz Map
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HUHN20106 Hungary Újfehértói gyepek Map
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HUKN20018 Hungary Jánoshalma-kunfehértói erdők Map
HUKN20020 Hungary Harkai-tó Map
HUKN20022 Hungary Kiskőrösi turjános Map
HUKN20023 Hungary Tázlá - kiskunhalasi homokbuckák Map
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HUKN20036 Hungary Imre-hegy, Pirtó-kiskunhalasi homokbuckák Map
HUKN22037 Hungary Kékhegyi Lőtér Map
HUKN30003 Hungary Izsáki Kolon-tó Map
SKCHVU005 Slovakia Dolne Povazie Map
SKCHVU015 Slovakia Medzibodrozie Map
SKUEV0019 Slovakia Tarbucka Map
SKUEV0030 Slovakia Horesske luky Map
SKUEV0065 Slovakia Marcelovske piesky Map
SKUEV0067 Slovakia Cenkov Map
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SKUEV2067 Slovakia Cenkov Map
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Protected sites

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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E1.2F Pannonic sand steppes same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200711 E1.2 Perennial calcareous grassland and basic steppes narrower

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