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Special Areas of Conservation

Claish Moss and Kentra Moss

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NM719673
Latitude 56.74166667
Longitude -5.730555556
SAC EU Code UK0019771
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1018.82
* 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 Claish Moss and Kentra Moss SAC

General site character

  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes (2%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (70%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (16%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (12%)

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

  • 7130 Blanket bogs (* if active bog)  * Priority feature

    Claish Moss lies along the southern shore of Loch Shiel, while neighbouring Kentra Moss opens into Kentra Bay. They are representative of a highly oceanic blanket bog type found on the north-west coast of Scotland. These are two of the only three known ‘eccentric’ mires in Britain and are selected because of the rarity of this bog form. ‘Eccentric’ bogs are characterised by spectacular surface patterns and are similar in structure to types more commonly found in central Scandinavia, generally as raised bog. The development of this type is very unusual in a blanket bog landscape and is of special interest. The species composition is very rich, with 14 Sphagnum species having been found on the site, including Sphagnum imbricatum and S. pulchrum. Other species, such as the liverwort Pleurozia purpurea and brown beak-sedge Rhynchospora fusca, reflect the strong oceanic influence on the site. Transitions to saltmarsh are a notable feature of Kentra Moss.

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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