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Special Areas of Conservation

Upper Nithsdale Woods

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority South Western Scotland
Centroid* NS817086
Latitude 55.35694444
Longitude -3.866666667
SAC EU Code UK0030297
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 99.62
* 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 Upper Nithsdale Woods SAC

General site character

  • Humid grassland, Mesophile grassland (5%)
  • Broad-leaved deciduous woodland (95%)

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 sites located on the River Nith and tributaries represents Tilio-Acerion forest in south-west Scotland. The individual sites are small, but regionally important due to the highly fragmented nature of remnant semi-natural woodland in this part of Scotland. The woods are ash Fraxinus excelsior-dominated with a dense hazel Corylus avellana understorey, and a rich herbaceous ground flora characteristic of the habitat type.

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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