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Special Areas of Conservation

Feur Lochain

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NR252693
Latitude 55.83888889
Longitude -6.39
SAC EU Code UK0019774
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 375.8
* 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 Feur Lochain SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (5%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (90%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (3%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (2%)

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

    Feur Lochain at the northern end of the Rhinns of Islay in the Inner Hebrides differs from the other Islay Blanket bogs because it lies on a broad watershed ridge. It exhibits an extensive area of hummock, hollow and pool patterning and is notable for the abundance of white beak-sedge Rhynchospora alba. Marginal flushes and drainage basins with poor-fen vegetation add to the diversity of interest.

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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