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Special Areas of Conservation

North Shotts Moss

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority South Western Scotland
Centroid* NS874612
Latitude 55.83055556
Longitude -3.798333333
SAC EU Code UK0019768
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 53.79
* 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 North Shotts Moss SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (68%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (32%)

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

    Two now separate but previously linked bogs form this site in the central belt of Scotland. Hassockrigg Moss supports areas of pronounced surface patterning with extensive Sphagnum carpets, including locally frequent S. magellanicum. Cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos occurs occasionally. A small area of lagg fen lies around the edge of the bog. The adjacent North Shotts Moss supports a high diversity of Sphagnum species with further areas of ridge and hollow patterning on the mire expanse and lagg fen occurring at the margins.

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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