North Bluff

Site at a Glance


Date initiated






18 acres


Habitat types


  • Coast Live Oak Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Willow Forested Wetland

Special Status Species


  • Lonicera subspicata ssp. subspicata
  •    (Santa Barbara honeysuckle)
  • Quercus agrifolia (coast live oak)
  • Accipiter cooperi (Cooper's Hawk)
  • Elanus leucurus (White-tailed Kite)
  • Map of CCBER_Areas

Established in 1996, the 18 acre North Bluff Natural Area is used for ecological restoration, scientific research, and teaching. The North Bluff is unique because it contains the only coast live oak woodland on the UCSB campus and represents the remains of a much larger historical oak woodland. Much of the North Bluff Natural Area is classified as an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (ESHA) under the California Coastal Act of 1976 and has permanent funding for environmental stewardship as a result of environmental impacts associated with a nearby road construction project. Restoration efforts include non-native weed control, restoration of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub vegetation.



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