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Special Areas of Conservation

Ledmore Wood

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NH666895
Latitude 57.875
Longitude -4.25
SAC EU Code UK0030181
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 93.15
* 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 Ledmore Wood SAC

General site character

  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (10%)
  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (80%)
  • 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

  • Ledmore Wood represents old sessile oak woods in north-east Scotland. This is the largest oak-dominated wood in Sutherland, and the most northerly large oakwood in eastern Britain. The wood is dominated over most of its area by oak Quercus spp., but gives way higher up to mature birch Betula spp. wood with patches of juniper Juniperus communis. Heathland and flush habitats exist within open areas and on the periphery. The heathy nature of the ground flora is characteristic of oakwoods in eastern Scotland, with frequent heather Calluna vulgaris and bilberry Vaccinium myrtillus. .

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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