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IPA Factsheet - The Lizard
Site code
CountryUnited Kingdom
Administrative regionSouth West (West Cornwall)
Central co-ordinates50o 0' N / 5o 15' W map
Area3237
Altitude0 - 101
 

 Site Description The Lizard IPA is recognised as being of outstanding importance for plants. It is home to over 70 threatened and/or rare flowering plants, and important communities of stoneworts, mosses, liverworts and bryophytes.

 Botanical Significance Noted for Habitats, Lichens, vascular plants, Bryophytes and Stoneworts. Vascular plant interest of Baulk Head to Mullion SSSI (details taken from citation) – Red data book plants Fringed rupturewort (Herniaria ciliolate Hairy greenweed (Genista pilosa) Vascular plant interest of Caerthillian to Kennack SSSI (details taken from citation) – Red data book plants Fringed rupturewort (Herniaria ciliolate) Long-headed clover (Trifolium incarnatum subsp. Molineri) Wild asparagus (Asparagus officinalis subsp. Prostrates Early meadow-grass (Poa infirma) Upright clover (Trifolium strictum Twin-headed clover (Trifolium bocconei) ourleaved allseed (Polycarpon tetraphyllum) Cornish heath (Erica vagans) Vascular plant interest of Coverack to Porthoustock SSSI (details taken from citation) – Red data book plants Cornish heath (Erica vagans) Dwarf rush (Juncus capitatus) Twin-headed clover (Trifolium bocconei) Vascular plant interest of East Lizard Heathlands SSSI (details taken from citation) – Red data book plants Cornish heath (Erica vagans) Pigmy rush (Juncus pygameus) Vascular plant interest of Goonhilly Downs SSSI (details taken from citation) – Red data book plants Cornish heath (Erica vagans) pillwort (Pilularia globulifera) Land quillwort (Isoetes histrix) Dwarf rush (Juncus capitatus) Fringed rupturewort (Herniaria ciliolate) Pigmy rush (Juncus pygmaeus) Three-lobed crowfoot (Ranunculus tripartitus) Vascular plant interest of Kennack to Coverack SSSI (details taken from citation) – Red data book plants Fringed rupturewort (Herniaria ciliolate) Early meadow-grass (Poa infirma) Babington’s Leek (Allium ampeloprasum subsp. Babingtonii) Cornish heath (Erica vagans) Hairy greenweed (Genista pilosa) Land quillwort (Isoetes histrix) Prostrate broom (Cytisus scoparius subsp. Maritimus) Dwarf rush (Juncus capitatus) Twin - headed clover (Trifolium bocconei) Gongylanthus ericetorum Riccia nigrella Cephaloziella calyculata Vascular plant interest of Mullion Cliff to Predannack Cliff SSSI (details taken from citation) – Fringed rupturewort (Herniaria ciliolate) Long-headed clover (Trifolium incarnatum subsp. Molineri) Wild asparagus (Asparagus officinalis subsp. Prostrates) wild chives (Allium schoenoprasum) fringed rupturewort land quillwort (Isoetes histrix) dwarf rush (Juncus capitatus) twin-headed clover (Trifolium bocconei) Vascular plant interest of West Lizard SSSI (details taken from citation) – Cornish Heath (Erica vagans) Wild Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis subsp. Prostrates) Twin-headed Clover (Trifolium bocconei) Long-headed Clover (T. incarnatum subsp. Molineri) Upright Clover (T. strictum) Land Quillwort (Isoetes histrix) Fringed Rupturewort (Herniaria ciliolate) Spotted Cat's-ear (Hypochoeris maculate) Hairy Greenweed (Genista pilosa) Pigmy Rush (Juncus pygmaeus) Pillwort (Pilularia globulifera) Bryophytes: Gongylanthus ericetorum, Riccia bifurca, Cephaloziella calyculata, Fossombronia angulosa* and Riccia crozalsii. Lichen: Nephroma tangeriense

 General Habitat Description Priority Habitats: 1230 Vegetated sea cliffs of the Atlantic and Baltic coasts; 3140 Hard oligo-mesotrophic waters with benthic vegetation of Chara spp.; 3170 Mediterranean temporary ponds; 4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix; 4030 European dry heaths; 4040 Dry Atlantic coastal heaths with Erica vagans

Land use

Land use% CoverLevel
agriculture (animals)Major
militaryMinor
nature conservation and researchMajor
tourism/recreationMajor

Threatened Species

Species NameIPA Assess.Species Assess.AbundanceData qualityCriteria
Herniaria ciliolata subsp. ciliolata20072007unknownunknownA(iii)
Lejeunea mandonii20072007unknownunknownA(iv)

Botanical Richness

EUNIS level 2 code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.% of indicator speciesNo. SpeciesNational BiotopeData qualityCriteria
C3 Littoral zone of inland surface water bodies2016201600unknownB
B3 Rock cliffs, ledges & shores, including the supralittoral2007200700unknownB
F4 Temperate shrub heathland2007200700unknownB

Threatened Habitats

IPA Habitat code & nameIPA Assess.Habitat Assess.AreaData qualityCriteria
3170* Mediterranean temporary ponds*200720070unknownCi
4040* Dry Atlantic coastal heaths with Erica vagans*200720070unknownCi
4030 European dry heaths200720070unknownCii
3140 Hard oligo-mesotrophic waters with benthic vegetation of Chara spp.200720070unknownCii
4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix200720070unknownCii
1230 Vegetated sea cliffs of the Atlantic and Baltic coasts200720070unknownCii

Protection

DesignationProtected Area NameRelationship with IPAOverlap with IPA
Site of Special Scientific InterestBaulk Head to Mullionprotected area overlaps with IPA148
Site of Special Scientific InterestMullion Cliff to Predannack Cliffprotected area overlaps with IPA109
Site of Special Scientific InterestWest Lizardprotected area overlaps with IPA773
Site of Special Scientific InterestCaerthillian to Kennackprotected area overlaps with IPA138
Site of Special Scientific InterestKennack to Coverackprotected area overlaps with IPA263
Site of Special Scientific InterestGoonhilly Downsprotected area overlaps with IPA1260
Site of Special Scientific InterestEast Lizardprotected area overlaps with IPA281
Site of Special Scientific InterestCoverack to Porthoustockprotected area overlaps with IPA92
Special Area of ConservationThe Lizardprotected area contains IPA3064
Site of Special Scientific InterestCoverack Cove & Dolor Pointprotected area is adjacent to IPA0
Site of Special Scientific InterestEast Lizard Heathlandsprotected area overlaps with IPA281
Site of Special Scientific InterestThe Lizardprotected area overlaps with IPA1899
Site of Special Scientific InterestCornwallprotected area contains IPA3088

Management

TypeDescriptionYear startedYear finishes
Habitat Management PlanLowland dry acid grassland HAP2002
Habitat Management PlanLowland Heathland HAP2002
Habitat Management PlanMaritime Cliffs and Slopes HAP2002
Species Management PlanAsparagus prostratus (Wild Asparagus) SAP2002
Species Management PlanJuncus pygmaeus (Pygmy Rush) SAP2002
Habitat Management PlanPilularia globulifera (Pillwort) SAP
Species Management PlanPilularia globulifera (Pillwort) SAP2002
Species Management PlanRanunculus tripartitus SAP2002

Threats

ThreatImportance
abandonment/reduction of land managementmedium
climate change/ sea level riseunknown
consequences of invasive species (plant)low
habitat fragmentation/isolationmedium
intrinsic species factors (slow growth, density)high

 Conservation Issues

Contact Information

ContactContact Type
Colin FrenchSite report compiler
Cath ShellswellSite report compiler