Moine Mhor

Site details

UK map showing location of Moine Mhor Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Moine Mhor SAC/SCI/cSAC


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

7110 Active raised bogs  * Priority feature
This extensive raised bog was subjected to considerable damage and peat extraction in the past, but nevertheless a substantial part of it, particularly in the northern section, supports active bog habitat and there is evidence of continuing regeneration of the habitat. The bog is very close to sea level and has maritime affinities, grading into saltmarsh. It is the most extensive westerly raised bog in Scotland. The bog-moss Sphagnum magellanicum is abundant around the highest part of the bog and cranberry Vaccinium oxycoccos is also common.
7120 Degraded raised bogs still capable of natural regeneration
Most peat on the west coast of Scotland is classified as 7130 Blanket bogs. The small amount of raised bog present in this area has suffered significant human impact. Mine Mhr is the largest area of raised bog in this part of Scotland and represents the hyper-oceanic zone within the raised bog SAC series. It has been subjected to a number of damaging management activities in the past, including extensive drainage, commercial and domestic peat extraction and some afforestation, but now shows strong evidence of regeneration. A transition to saltmarsh is an unusual ecological feature of this site.

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

1140 Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide
1330 Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae)
91A0 Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in the British Isles

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

1065 Marsh fritillary butterfly  Euphydryas (Eurodryas, Hypodryas) aurinia
1355 Otter  Lutra lutra

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