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Special Areas of Conservation

Coille Mhor

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NG811303
Latitude 57.31111111
Longitude -5.634722222
SAC EU Code UK0030120
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 310.07
* 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 Coille Mhor SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (15%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (70%)
  • Coniferous woodland (10%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (5%)

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

  • Coille Mhór is an example of old sessile oak woods in north-west Scotland. Within the woodland, oak dominates the lower, more southerly-facing slopes of the site with birch stands on the higher ground and on steep screes and crags. Ash, rowan, alder, willows and hazel are also present. Many of the oaks on this site are veterans which are now growing within an infilled wood-pasture which is regenerating as woodland. The mature woodland is lichen-rich with six rarities and some species are at their northernmost limit.

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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