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Special Areas of Conservation

Trossachs Woods

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Eastern Scotland
Centroid* NN500075
Latitude 56.23611111
Longitude -4.420833333
SAC EU Code UK0030290
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 377.5
* 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 Trossachs Woods SAC

General site character

  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (5%)
  • Heath, Scrub, Maquis and Garrigue, Phygrana (26%)
  • Dry grassland, Steppes (2%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (66%)
  • 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

  • This complex of ancient, semi-natural woodland sites is one of the largest and most diverse in central Scotland, and represents old sessile oak woods within the South-west Highlands Atlantic bryophyte zone. The woodland is largely dominated by sessile oak Quercus petraea with downy birch Betula pubescens on acid soils. Within localised pockets, nutrient enrichment occurs, giving rise to ash Fraxinus excelsior, and where groundwater flushing occurs alder Alnus glutinosa dominates with ash and hazel Corylus avellana. The islands within Loch Katrine support ungrazed tree and shrub communities including juniper Juniperus communis. The ground flora of both sites in the complex is rich and the complex is notable for the presence of Bazzania trilobata, a liverwort typical of more western oceanic oakwoods.

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

  • Not Applicable

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

  • Not Applicable

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