|Unitary Authority||Highlands and Islands|
|SAC EU Code||UK0012995|
|Status||Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)|
|* 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.|
General site character
Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins) (14%)
Shingle, Sea cliffs, Islets (11%)
Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (65%)
Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (5%)
Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (5%)
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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 mussel Margaritifera margaritifera are found throughout the main stem of the Borgie, from just above the estuary to the outflow of Loch Slaim, the lowest of a series of lochs on the river. Mussels are comparatively rare in the lower reaches and most abundant in the middle reaches, with mean densities in some places of 1–9 individuals m2, exceptionally attaining 35 m2 at one location. Although juveniles were absent at lower and upper sites, they were common in the middle reaches occurring at densities of up to 7 m2. It is likely that pearl mussels are restricted to the main stem of the river. At the time of survey in 1996, most tributaries were dry, and only one contained pearl mussels, in very low numbers.
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
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