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Special Areas of Conservation

Braehead Moss

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority South Western Scotland
Centroid* NS959514
Latitude 55.74444444
Longitude -3.658333333
SAC EU Code UK0019759
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 122.17
* 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 Braehead Moss SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (92%)
  • Mixed woodland (8%)

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

  • 7110 Active raised bogs  * Priority feature

    This peat bog in the central belt of Scotland has complex origins in that it has arisen from peat developing in two separate basins, which have now fused. In the area where peat has merged, the vegetation has affinities to 7130 Blanket bogs. The upper and lower bogs are dominated by hummocks largely formed of Sphagnum spp., including S. fuscum and S. imbricatum, and are rich in heather Calluna vulgaris and cottongrasses Eriophorum spp. Soft S. cuspidatum hollows also occur.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

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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