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Special Areas of Conservation

Cranley Moss

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority South Western Scotland
Centroid* NS948474
Latitude 55.70833333
Longitude -3.675
SAC EU Code UK0019762
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 101.55
* 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 Cranley Moss SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (96%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (3%)
  • Coniferous woodland (1%)

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

    Cranley Moss in the central belt of Scotland is important because it is a ‘classic’ raised bog, with a distinct and clearly defined active dome rising from a flat flood-plain long since converted to agricultural use. Much of the bog margin is intact, but although marshy ground surrounds parts of the site, most of the original lagg fen transition is thought to have been reclaimed. The bog has extensive Sphagnum carpets, which show vigorous growth throughout. Sphagnum imbricatum is found here.

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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