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Special Areas of Conservation

Moniack Gorge

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NH559425
Latitude 57.45
Longitude -4.401666667
SAC EU Code UK0012583
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 32.67
* This is the approximate central point of the SAC. In the case of large, linear or composite sites, this may not represent the location where a feature occurs within the SAC.
Location of Moniack Gorge SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (4%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (6%)
  • Coniferous woodland (16%)
  • Mixed woodland (74%)

Download the Natura 2000 standard data form for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF <100kb)

Note When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • 1386 Green shield-moss Buxbaumia viridis

    Moniack Gorge in north-east Scotland is a steep wooded ravine with predominantly base-rich soils. This is one of only three UK sites where green shield-moss Buxbaumia viridis has been recorded in recent years. Twenty-three sporophytes were recorded on four logs at three places in 1999, which represents a large proportion of the known UK population. Habitat conditions appear suitable, as there is evidence that the species has been present at the site for many years.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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