Craighall Gorge

Site details

UK map showing location of Craighall Gorge Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Craighall Gorge 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

9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines  * Priority feature
With Keltneyburn, Craighall Gorge is one of two sites selected to represent the central-eastern range of Tilio-Acerion forest within Scotland. It is one of a series of wooded gorges in the region cut into Old Red Sandstone. There is a well-developed sub-montane basicolous bryoflora, particularly on the conglomerate cliffs, and a lichen flora which includes old woodland indicator species, and one semi-aquatic species occurring in the River Ericht, ear-lobed dog lichen Peltigera lepidophora, for which this site is the only known British station. On the steep slopes of the gorge there is a considerable amount of ash Fraxinus excelsior with some wych elm Ulmus glabra. The ground flora is extremely species-rich with a large number of higher plants of restricted distribution, including the nationally rare whorled Solomonís seal Polygonatum verticillatum. The dead-wood resource is outstanding, as there has been little management intervention.

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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