Glac na Criche
|Unitary Authority||Highlands and Islands|
|SAC EU Code||UK0019775|
|Status||Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)|
|* 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.|
General site character
Coastal sand dunes, Sand beaches, Machair (4%)
Shingle, Sea cliffs, Islets (18%)
Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (40%)
Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (20%)
Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (18%)
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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
Glac na Criche, in Islay, Inner Hebrides, contrasts with the other Islay Blanket bogs in having a much more complex topography, giving rise to watershed, valleyside and valley mires. Areas of mineral flushing on this site are more species-rich than at neighbouring Feur Lochain, while truly ombrotrophic areas also support significant amounts of black bog-rush Schoenus nigricans, presumably in response to salt spray from the sea cliffs below.
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
4030 European dry heaths
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
1065 Marsh fritillary butterfly Euphydryas (Eurodryas, Hypodryas) aurinia
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