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Special Areas of Conservation

River Evelix

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NH744915
Latitude 57.89583333
Longitude -4.119444444
SAC EU Code UK0030254
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 23.6
* 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 Evelix SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (80%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (2%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (3%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (10%)
  • 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

  • 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

  • 1029 Freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera

    The Evelix is the only remaining small east coast river in Scotland that supports a surviving functional freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera population, particularly within the upper reaches of the river. Mussels have also occur in the lower stretches of the river, but in lower numbers than upstream and with fewer juveniles were present. Pearl-fishing is thought to be the principal reason for the decreased numbers in the lower stretches, but the presence of juveniles in the upper sections indicates that despite losses, the population is successfully recruiting.

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

  • Not Applicable

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