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Special Areas of Conservation

River Tay

Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Country Scotland
Unitary Authority Eastern Scotland, Highlands and Islands
Centroid* NN818481
Latitude 56.56666667
Longitude -4.083333333
SAC EU Code UK0030312
Status Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Area (ha) 9461.63
* 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 Tay SAC

General site character

  • Shingle, Sea cliffs, Islets (0.5%)
  • Inland water bodies (Standing water, Running water) (95%)
  • Bogs, Marshes, Water fringed vegetation, Fens (4.5%)

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

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

  • 1106 Atlantic salmon Salmo salar

    The River Tay supports a high-quality Atlantic salmon Salmo salar population, with rod catch returns showing that the Tay is consistently one of the top three salmon rivers in Scotland. In 1999 the catch was 7230 fish, over 10% of the Scottish total. The Tay drains a very large catchment, and has the greatest flow of all UK rivers. There is considerable ecological variety in the Tay catchment, resulting in the Tay supporting the full range of salmon life-history types found in Scotland, with adult salmon entering the River Tay throughout the year to spawn in different parts of the catchment.

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

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