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Special Areas of Conservation

River Moidart

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NM730717
Latitude 56.78194444
Longitude -5.716666667
SAC EU Code UK0012994
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 16.19
* 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 River Moidart SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (55%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (8%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (3%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (2%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (30%)
  • Mixed woodland (2%)

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

  • 1029 Freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera

    Freshwater pearl mussels Margaritifera margaritifera are plentiful in the Moidart, from Loch nan Lochan downstream. The highest mussel densities of 2030 m2 occur in the middle to upper sections of the river. The Moidart is one of the few rivers where, in addition to an abundant adult mussel population, there is evidence of juvenile recruitment.

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

  • Not Applicable

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