Taxus baccata woods of the British Isles

Description (English)

Taxus baccata woods with Sorbus aria or Mercurialis perennis of dry valleys and scarps of the Chalk of southeast England, very locally of the Durham Magnesium limestone, Morecambe Bay and elsewhere. They also occur in the forest of Muckross (Killarney, Ireland).

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

Quick facts

EU Habitats Directive Annex I habitat type (code 91J0)
EU conservation status by biogeographical region Atlantic - Bad
Habitat type Priority
Natura 2000 sites 5 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
Full table details

Species mentioned in habitat description

Conifers Taxus baccata
Flowering Plants Buxus sempervirens
Flowering Plants Ilex aquifolium
Flowering Plants Mercurialis perennis
Flowering Plants Sorbus aria
Species scientific name English common name Species group
Taxus baccata Conifers
Buxus sempervirens Flowering Plants
Ilex aquifolium Flowering Plants
Mercurialis perennis Flowering Plants
Sorbus aria Flowering Plants

Natura 2000 sites

Protected in the following Natura 2000 sites

Sitecode Country Site name Action
IE0000174 Ireland Curraghchase Woods SAC Map
IE0000252 Ireland Coole-Garryland Complex SAC Map
IE0000365 Ireland Killarney National Park, Macgillycuddy's Reeks and Caragh River Catchment SAC Map
IE0002137 Ireland Lower River Suir SAC Map
IE0002241 Ireland Lough Derg, North-East Shore SAC Map

Protected sites

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Relation to habitat classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
National Vegetation Classification (UK) W13 Taxus baccata woodland not defined
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