Rinns of Islay

Site details

UK map showing location of Rinns of Islay Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Rinns of Islay 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

Not applicable

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

1065 Marsh fritillary butterfly  Euphydryas (Eurodryas, Hypodryas) aurinia
The Rinns of Islay supports a large, extensive metapopulation of marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia, the largest known in Scotland and one of the largest in the UK. It is well-known as a high-quality area for the species, with records dating back over a number of years. Records for the species are patchy across the overall Rinns area and so the proposed site is made up of a complex of areas which are known to hold some core parts of the overall Rinns metapopulation (together with the neighbouring Glac na Criche cSAC) which persist even when the marsh fritillary is at a low stage in its population cycle. The population is of the Scottish form E. aurinia scotica, which is completely isolated from populations in England and Wales.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

Not applicable.


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