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Special Areas of Conservation

Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h' Uamha

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NM679531
Latitude 56.6125
Longitude -5.783333333
SAC EU Code UK0012864
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 523.48
* 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 Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h' Uamha SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (6%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (10%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (54%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (30%)

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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

  • Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h’Uamha is representative of species-rich Nardus grasslands in the western Scottish Highlands. The species-rich Nardus grasslands occur on basalt, and include CG10 Festuca ovinaAgrostis capillarisThymus praecox grassland and CG11 Festuca ovinaAgrostis capillarisAlchemilla alpina grassland, both of which are well-represented. The grasslands are extensive, though grazing pressures are high, with mostly only the smaller grazing-tolerant herbs represented. There are frequent occurrences of the more common and widespread arctic-alpine and northern species, including alpine lady’s-mantle Alchemilla alpina, the lady’s-mantles A. glabra and A. filicaulis, mossy saxifrage Saxifraga hypnoides, mountain everlasting Antennaria dioica, alpine meadow-rue Thalictrum alpinum, northern bedstraw Galium boreale and viviparous sheep’s-fescue Festuca vivipara. A sub-maritime form with sea plantain Plantago maritima also occurs. On shady slopes there is a mossy form with the Atlantic bryophytes Breutelia chrysocoma, Racomitrium ellipticum, Scapania gracilis and Plagiochila spinulosa, as well as the scarce Lophozia obtusa.

  • Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h’Uamha is representative of Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation at moderately high altitudes in the oceanic north-west Scottish Highlands. The communities develop on extensive crags of calcareous basalt, which provides a refugium for a rich calcicolous flora. Characteristic chasmophytic vascular plants include alpine saxifrage Saxifraga nivalis, northern rock-cress Arabis petraea, glaucous meadow-grass Poa glauca and holly-fern Polystichum lonchitis. There is a rich associated flora of calcicolous bryophytes, such as Orthothecium rufescens and Rhytidium rugosum.

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • Not Applicable

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