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Special Areas of Conservation

Hascosay

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* HU554925
Latitude 60.6125
Longitude -0.9875
SAC EU Code UK0019793
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 164.67
* 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 Hascosay SAC

General site character

  • Shingle, Sea cliffs, Islets (5.5%)
  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (1%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (79%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (1.5%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (13%)

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

    Hascosay is one of the few remaining un-eroded pool systems in Shetland. The blanket bog on Hascosay is remarkably intact and supports a range of shallow mud-bottomed, as opposed to Sphagnum-filled, hollows. A particular feature of this site is the dominance of the moss Mnium hornum, often accompanied by Aulacomnium palustre around the margins of bog pools. This combination of features is unusual in the UK. Sphagnum fuscum adds to the diversity of the community and is indicative of the undamaged nature of the bog.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

  • Not Applicable

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

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