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Special Areas of Conservation

River Moriston

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NH297125
Latitude 57.17222222
Longitude -4.816666667
SAC EU Code UK0030259
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 194.38
* 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 Moriston SAC

General site character

  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (89%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (4%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (1%)
  • Coniferous woodland (1%)

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 River Moriston flows into the northern side of Loch Ness, and supports a functional freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera population. Pearl mussels are present from downstream of a hydro-electric dam to the confluence with Loch Ness. Due to illegal pearl-fishing the population is not abundant but survey results show that 40% of the population is composed of juveniles. This is the highest percentage recorded in any Scottish pearl mussel population and indicates that recent successful recruitment has taken place.

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

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