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Special Areas of Conservation

Achnahaird

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NC016135
Latitude 58.06666667
Longitude -5.363888889
SAC EU Code UK0030073
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 21.55
* 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 Achnahaird SAC

General site character

  • Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes (9%)
  • Coastal sand dunes, Sand beaches, Machair (89%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • 1395 Petalwort Petalophyllum ralfsii

    This sand dune site in north-west Scotland hosts the largest population of petalwort Petalophyllum ralfsii in Britain. It is the only known Scottish site and the most northerly location recorded for this species in the world. The characteristic habitat of P. ralfsii at Achnahaird is moist dune slacks and the banks of small burns and drainage lines which run through the site. It also occurs in areas of bare, stable sand. Some of the largest colonies occur on areas of open sand which are kept damp by diffuse flushing from above. A number of other notable bryophyte species have been recorded from the site, often growing in close proximity to P. ralfsii.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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