Wet heaths

English name: Wet heaths

Description (English)

Wet or humid ericoid-shrub dominated heaths of the Atlantic and sub-Atlantic zones, developed on peaty or semipeaty soils, waterlogged for at least part of the year, sometimes temporarily inundated, and usually moist even in summer.

EUNIS habitat classification
Interpretation Manual of the habitats targeted by Resolution No. 4

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code F4.1
Bern Convention Resolution 4 habitat type (used for designation of Emerald sites)
Relation to Annex I habitat types (EU Habitats Directive)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Name Definition Other names Reference
Ericion umbellatae Br.-Bl. in Br.-Bl. et al. 1952 Thermo-supramediterranean subhumid north-central and eastern Iberian and Provencasl low silicicolous heath Cisto salviifoliae-Ericion cineraeae Géhu in Bardat et al. 2004; Ericion australis Bellot et Casaseca in Bellot 1968; Cistion hirsuti Br.-Bl. et al. 1965; Ericion aragonensis Rivas-Mart. 1962; Genisto-Ericion aragonensis Rivas-Mart. 1962; Halimio-Ulicion Rothmaler 1954; Pterospartion Rothmaler 1943 Schaminee et al, 2012
Ulicion minoris Malcuit 1929 Gorse heath of atlantic region of Western Europe Dactylido maritimae-Ulicion maritimi Géhu 1975; Ulici-Ericion ciliaris Géhu 1973; Ulicion Luquet 1926; Ulicion gallii Géhu 1963; Ulicion maritimi Géhu et Franck 1985; Ulicion nanae euatlanticum Duvigneaud 1944; Ulicion nanae-gallii Bridgewater 1971; Dactylido oceanicae-Ulicion maritimi Géhu 1975 nom. mut. propos. Schaminee et al, 2012
Stauracanthion boivinii (Rivas-Mart. 1979) Rivas-Mart., Fernández-González et Loidi 1999 Southern Iberian and northern Moroccan termo-mesomediterranean subhumid to perhumid silicicolous brezal Nepion boivinii (Rivas-Mart. 1979) Rivas-Mart., Fernández-González et Loidi 1999 nom. mut. propos. Schaminee et al, 2012
Daboecion cantabricae (Dupont ex Rivas-Mart. 1979) Rivas-Mart. et al. in Loidi et al.1997 Hiberno-Cantabrian and French Biscayan humid-superhumid ericoid heath over acid ferric-humic podsols Daboecion cantabricae Dupont 1975; Daboecion cantabricae (Dupont ex Rivas-Mart. 1979) Rivas-Mart., Fernández-González et Loidi 1999 Schaminee et al, 2012
Oxycocco-Ericion tetralicis Nordhagen ex Tx. 1937 Oligotrophic vegetation on bogs and acidic fens in oceanic and suboceanic regions of Europe Carici-Sphagnion papillosi Malmer 1964; Erico-Sphagnion papillosi Moore 1968; Oxycocco-Ericion tetralicis Nordhagen 1936; Sphagnion europaei Schwickerath 1940; Calluno-Sphagnion papillosi (Schwickerath 1933) Tx. in Tx. et al. 1972 Schaminee et al, 2012
Ericion tetralicis Schwickerath 1933 Moist peaty heathlands on gley and podsolic soils within oceanic areas in Western and Central Europe Calluno-Sphagnion papillosi Tx. in Tx. et al. 1972; Droserion longifoliae Julve 1992; Narthecion ossifragi Vanden Berghen 1958; Scirpion caespitosi Oberd. 1957; Ulici-Ericion tetralicis (Schwickerath 1933) Tx. 1937; Erico mackaianae-Sphagnion papillosi (Fernández Prieto et al. 1987) Rivas-Mart. et al.1999; Trichophoro-Ericion tetralicis (Schwickerath 1933) Duvigneaud 1947 Schaminee et al, 2012
Genistion micrantho-anglicae Rivas-Mart. 1979 Mediterranean iberoatlantic and orocantabroatlantic hygrophilous silicicolius heath on clayey humus-rich soils Schaminee et al, 2012

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 31.1 European wet heaths same
CORINE Land Cover 3.2.2. Moors and heathland n/a
Ramsar Wetland Types W Shrub-dominated wetlands wider
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 E Mire not defined
Phase 1 habitat classification (UK) 1993 D2 Wet dwarf shrub heath narrower
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types
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