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Special Areas of Conservation

East Mires and Lumbister

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* HU492954
Latitude 60.63916667
Longitude -1.1
SAC EU Code UK0019795
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 619.54
* 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 East Mires and Lumbister SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (3%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (94%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (2%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (1%)

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

    East Mires is one of four sites representing the wide range of variation shown by Blanket bogs in Shetland. The site has been selected for its areas of surface patterning and extensive tracts of active bog. Local areas of eroding bog show extensive secondary regeneration in the gullies and there are few areas of bare peat remaining. Of particular note in East Mires is the rare bog orchid Hammarbya paludosa, which forms a vigorous colony around the margins of a bog pool system.

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

  • Not Applicable

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