Loch of Isbister

Site details

UK map showing location of Loch of Isbister Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Loch of Isbister 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

3150 Natural eutrophic lakes with Magnopotamion or Hydrocharition - type vegetation
Loch of Isbister is an excellent example of a shallow moderate-sized naturally eutrophic loch. Formerly the Loch of Isbister was more extensive, but encroachment by peripheral vegetation and peat has resulted in the development of a high-quality basin-mire complex, with excellent examples of open-water transition plant communities. The loch supports a rich plant flora typical of the Magnopotamion type, with plants able to grow in the centre of the loch due to its shallow nature, including abundant stoneworts Chara spp. and pondweeds Potamogeton spp. The loch is rich in northern species and is the most northerly site for natural eutrophic lakes in the UK.

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

7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs

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

1355 Otter  Lutra lutra

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