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Special Areas of Conservation

River Kerry

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NG824718
Latitude 57.68333333
Longitude -5.65
SAC EU Code UK0012996
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 10.91
* 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 Kerry SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (70%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (10%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (5%)
  • Mixed woodland (12%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (3%)

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 occur within the Kerry downstream from a hydro-electric dam. They are at their most abundant in the middle reaches of the river where they attain mean densities of 13 m2. It is estimated that the total pearl mussel population of the Kerry is in excess of 400,000. Not only is the population important in terms of its size, but it also has a favourable age-structure with a relatively high proportion of juvenile mussels.

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

  • Not Applicable

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