North Fetlar

Site details

UK map showing location of North Fetlar Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of North Fetlar 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

4030 European dry heaths
North Fetlar represents species-rich forms of maritime H7 Calluna vulgaris Scilla verna and upland H10 Calluna vulgaris Erica cinerea heaths at the northern limit of their range in the UK. The species-rich Thymus praecox Carex pulicaris sub-type of Calluna Erica heath (H10d) is especially well-developed and extensive on base-rich serpentine rock. The combined extent of the maritime and upland species-rich heath is the largest within the SAC series but not as rich in associated flora and invertebrates as related heaths on Rum. Oceanic-northern species-poor forms of Calluna Erica heath with abundant woolly fringe-moss Racomitrium lanuginosum, unusually developed at low altitude in the harsh climate, are also well-represented.
7230 Alkaline fens
Alkaline fens fed by base-rich water from serpentine rocks are widespread across North Fetlar. They represent the habitat on Shetland and in the far north. The NVC type is M10 Carex dioica Pinguicula vulgaris mire. Transitions occur to base-rich swamp communities.

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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