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Special Areas of Conservation

Loch Lomond Woods

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Eastern Scotland, South Western Scotland
Centroid* NN338040
Latitude 56.2
Longitude -4.679166667
SAC EU Code UK0013573
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1440.2
* 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 Loch Lomond Woods SAC

General site character

  • Shingle, Sea cliffs, Islets (1%)
  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (2%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (2%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (72.5%)
  • Coniferous woodland (4%)
  • Mixed woodland (13%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (0.5%)

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

  • Loch Lomond Woods is one of three sites representing old sessile oak woods in the most bryophyte-rich zone in the UK, the south-west Highlands zone. This extensive block of woodland in western Scotland comprises a mosaic of woodland types, including ash Fraxinus excelsior, elm Ulmus spp. and alder Alnus glutinosa woodland, which adds to the ecological variation of the site. Pedunculate oak Quercus robur, rather than sessile oak Quercus petraea, is locally abundant, and the oak stands intergrade in places with ash-elm stands, and with alder at flushed sites by the loch. The stands on the islands include areas that have been less subject to grazing than many other examples of this type of woodland.

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

  • Not Applicable

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

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