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Special Areas of Conservation

Methven Moss

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Eastern Scotland
Centroid* NO011233
Latitude 56.39166667
Longitude -3.602777778
SAC EU Code UK0030204
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 83.85
* 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 Methven Moss SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (80%)
  • Mixed woodland (20%)

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

  • 7110 Active raised bogs  * Priority feature

    Methven Moss lies outwith the main raised bog zones in Scotland and forms an important ecological link between the numerous small sites of the Central Belt and the scattered, drier sites of the Grampian Plain. Although the site has been damaged by past drainage activity it retains a significant area of intact surface and continues to support typical bog vegetation and species. The bog-mosses Sphagnum magellanicum and S. papillosum co-dominate in many areas together with heather Calluna vulgaris, cross-leaved heath Erica tetralix and hare’s-tail cottongrass Eriophorum vaginatum. S. cuspidatum pools are scattered throughout the site.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

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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