Coyles of Muick

Site details

UK map showing location of Coyles of Muick Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Coyles of Muick SAC/SCI/cSAC
 

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

6130 Calaminarian grasslands of the Violetalia calaminariae
Coyles of Muick represents the second-largest extent of near-natural, open serpentine debris with Calaminarian vegetation in Scotland. The habitat occurs at high altitude (450-600 m), exceeded in altitude only by Meikle Kilrannoch on Caenlochan. The serpentine here is more calcareous and less toxic than on other serpentine sites in north-east Scotland, perhaps favouring certain species that do not normally occur on serpentine. The Calaminarian community occurs in open serpentine debris on the summit and upper slopes, and is unusual in including alpine mouse-ear Cerastium alpinum (but not spring sandwort Minuartia verna). Other species include northern rock-cress Arabis petraea, mossy saxifrage Saxifraga hypnoides, yellow mountain saxifrage S. aizoides, thrift Armeria maritima, field gentian Gentianella campestris and sea campion Silene uniflora. There are transitions to grassland and fen habitats, and dry heath dominates the lower slopes of the site.

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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