Green Hill of Strathdon

Site details

UK map showing location of Green Hill of Strathdon Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Green Hill of Strathdon 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

5130 Juniperus communis formations on heaths or calcareous grasslands
Green Hill of Strathdon represents an unusual form of Juniperus communis formations in the eastern Scottish Highlands with a species-rich basiphilous flora influenced by the underlying serpentine rocks. Juniper scrub is associated both with Calluna-dominated heaths and grassland. There are many junipers scattered over a large area, especially in the Calluna heath, but smaller, denser stands also occur in both heath and, unusually, in species-rich grassland.
6130 Calaminarian grasslands of the Violetalia calaminariae
Green Hill of Strathdon represents Calaminarian grasslands on open serpentine debris within Calluna moorland at low altitude in the eastern Scottish Highlands. There are a number of small, scattered areas of serpentine debris similar in character to those on Hill of Towanreef. The vegetation includes frequent spring sandwort Minuartia verna, scurvygrass Cochlearia officinalis, mossy saxifrage Saxifraga hypnoides and thrift Armeria maritima.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

4030 European dry heaths

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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