Habitats

Natura 2000 habitat site that is in Šaukliai boulders place includes four different habitats:

1) 4030 European dry heaths

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2) 5130 Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands

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3) 6410 Molinia meadows on calcareous peaty or dayey-silt-laden soils

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4) 6230 Species-rich Nardus grasslands on siliceous substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe)

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Juniperus habitat takes 52 hectares of area and it is the largest area in Šaukliai boulders place. Although the juniper habitat is successional but it could stay stable for a long time as a result of stable moisture regime and constant graze intensity. European dry heats habitat is fragmented throughout the territory and often forms in large open sites including juniper sprouts. They include tussocks with heather (Calluna vulgaris), red bilberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) sheep's fescue (Festuca ovina). In total that habitat area takes about 10 hectares. In larger areas between juniper habitats species-rich Nardus grasslands lie. In wetter hollows between juniper habitats Molinia meadows assemble with the prevailing Molinia caerulea and consist of small fragments.


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