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Special Areas of Conservation

Loch Moidart and Loch Shiel Woods

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NM823743
Latitude 56.80972222
Longitude -5.566666667
SAC EU Code UK0030209
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 1753.04
* 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 Loch Moidart and Loch Shiel Woods SAC

General site character

  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins) (15%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (49.5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (35%)
  • Inland rocks, Screes, Sands, Permanent Snow and ice (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 composite site comprises a series of sizeable woodlands around Loch Moidart and on the northern shores of Loch Shiel. Extensive oak Quercus spp. woodland occurs around Loch Moidart, which in places has a diverse flora due to outcrops of basic rock; there is also a rich Atlantic bryophyte and lichen flora. The woods fringing Loch Shiel are similar, but less disturbed by development. This complex is one of a number of sites representing the Mid-west Highlands Atlantic bryophyte zone.

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

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