Green Hill of Strathdon
|Unitary Authority||North Eastern Scotland|
|SAC EU Code||UK0030159|
|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
Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (10%)
Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (65%)
Dry grassland, Steppes (23%)
Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (2%)
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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
Green Hill of Strathdon represents an unusual form of Juniperus communis formations in the eastern Scottish Highlands with a species-rich basiphilous flora influenced by the underlying serpentine rocks. Juniper scrub is associated both with Calluna-dominated heaths and grassland. There are many junipers scattered over a large area, especially in the Calluna heath, but smaller, denser stands also occur in both heath and, unusually, in species-rich grassland.
Green Hill of Strathdon represents Calaminarian grasslands on open serpentine debris within Calluna moorland at low altitude in the eastern Scottish Highlands. There are a number of small, scattered areas of serpentine debris similar in character to those on Hill of Towanreef. The vegetation includes frequent spring sandwort Minuartia verna, scurvygrass Cochlearia officinalis, mossy saxifrage Saxifraga hypnoides and thrift Armeria maritima.
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
- Not Applicable
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