Exmoor Coastal Heaths

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Exmoor Coastal Heaths
Site of Special Scientific Interest
Exmoor Coastal Heaths is located in Somerset
Exmoor Coastal Heaths
Location within Somerset
Area of Search Somerset & Devon
Grid reference SS620480
Coordinates 51°12′52″N 3°58′38″W / 51.21448°N 3.97719°W / 51.21448; -3.97719Coordinates: 51°12′52″N 3°58′38″W / 51.21448°N 3.97719°W / 51.21448; -3.97719
Interest Biological
Area 1,758.3 hectares (17.583 km2; 6.789 sq mi)
Notification 1994 (1994)
Natural England website

Exmoor Coastal Heaths (grid reference SS620480) is a 1758.3 hectare (4344.7 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Devon and Somerset, notified in 1994.

This site lies within the Exmoor National Park, and contains extensive areas of heathland communities. Associated particularly with the coastal communities and woods are a wide range of nationally rare and scarce plants. The site comprises four separate blocks (between Combe Martin and Minehead) centred on Trentishoe, Cosgate Hill, Countisbury and North Hill. There are two nationally rare, endemic whitebeam species which occur in the woodland areas namely Sorbus subcuneata and Sorbus vexans. Several nationally scarce plant species are found within this site; white mullein (Verbascum lychnitis) in its yellow form occurs in fields at the edge of the site, Cornish moneywort (Sibthorpia europaea) beside streams, rock stonecrop (Sedum forsteranum) on rocky seacliffs and sea storksbill (Erodium maritinum), upright chickweed (Moenchia erecta) and bird's-foot clover (Trifolium ornithopodioides) all in areas of very short turf. A nationally rare butterfly the high brown fritillary (Argynnis adippe) occurs on this site.[1]


  1. ^ "Exmoor Coastal Heaths" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 2006-08-12.