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Special Areas of Conservation

Kippenrait Glen

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Eastern Scotland
Centroid* NS791997
Latitude 56.175
Longitude -3.947222222
SAC EU Code UK0030177
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 60.86
* 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 Kippenrait Glen SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (8.5%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (3%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (4.5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (83.5%)
  • Coniferous woodland (0.5%)

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

  • This gorge woodland represents Tilio-Acerion forest in central Scotland. Kippenrait Glen consists mainly of base-rich mixed valley woodland of ancient/long-established origin and is the largest woodland of this type in Stirling district. The wood is relatively undisturbed and has an extremely high diversity of woodland plant species. There are extensive stands dominated by ash Fraxinus excelsior and elm Ulmus spp., and the rich, characteristic ground flora includes dog’s mercury Mercurialis perennis, sanicle Sanicula europaea, enchanter’s nightshade Circaea lutetiana and the locally rare herb-Paris Paris quadrifolia.

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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