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Special Areas of Conservation

River Bladnoch

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority South Western Scotland
Centroid* NX347604
Latitude 54.90833333
Longitude -4.583333333
SAC EU Code UK0030249
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 272.6
* 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 River Bladnoch SAC

General site character

  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins) (5%)
  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (90%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (3%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (2%)

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • 1106 Atlantic salmon Salmo salar

    The River Bladnoch supports a high-quality salmon population in south-west Scotland, which unusually for rivers in this area still supports a spring run of salmon. The river drains a moderate-sized catchment with both upland and lowland areas, and this variety is reflected in the river’s ecological and water quality characteristics. Whilst there are problems in the river’s headwaters arising from acidification, national and local initiatives are both reducing and ameliorating the worst effects of this pollution source.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

  • Not Applicable

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