German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Central European Lichen Pine Forests

NATURA 2000 Code: 91T0


Natural and near-natural lichen-rich pine (Pinus sylvestris) forest in its natural range on inland nutrient-poor sands.

Notes on habitat mapping:

A precondition for assignment to this habitat type is the occurrence of the stated syntaxa on sands in the natural range of pine in conjunction with a large proportion of shrubby lichens.

New and recent plantations and non-natural pine forests are not assigned to this habitat type.

The habitat type is distinguished from the base-rich Peucedano-Pinetum steppe pine forests assigned to type  91UO by the occurrence of acidophile dwarf vegetation and by the degree of coverage with shrubby lichens. Lichen-rich, acid-soiled Dicrano-Pinetum pine forests do, however, often have transitions to Peucedano-Pinetum steppe pine forests. In such cases, areas should be divided between the two habitat types based on the lichen coverage (drawing the line at 30 percent coverage). Where the two habitat types are closely intermingled, they should be mapped as a single complex and a percentage estimated for each type.

Transitions to habitat types  2310 and  2330 on inland dunes and type  4030 are included provided they still feature substantial occurrences of the tree and shrub species characteristic to habitat type 91T0.

Pine forests on coastal dunes are classified as habitat type  2180.

Advanced succession stages of once-open inland dunes can be assigned to this habitat type if the stated vegetation is present and the habitats are situated within the natural range of pine.

Adjoining dry margins should be included together with their vegetation when delineating the area.

Additional notes:

It is not absolutely clear from the Interpretation Manual (European Commission 2003) whether habitats on hard silicaceous rock come under this habitat type. The Czech Republic’s application for the habitat type to be added indicates that they are so classified in that country. Until this point is finally decided, such habitats (e.g. on sandstone) in Germany will not be included in this description.

Last Change: 17/01/2012