Cheddar Gorge has Special Area of Conservation (SAC) designations because:
  • It has wildlife species and habitats of UK importance, which are also
  • particularly valued in a European context; and which are
  • given special protection under the European Union’s Habitats Directive.
  • A vital part of global efforts to conserve the world’s biodiversity.
http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designatedareas/sac/default.aspx


Cheddar Gorge conservation priorities are:
  • Habitat: Mendip Limestone Grasslands SAC   
http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/ProtectedSites/SACselection/sac.asp?EUCode=UK0030203
  • Species: North Somerset and Mendip Bats SAC 
http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/ProtectedSites/SACselection/sac.asp?EUCode=UK0030052