Berriedale and Langwell Waters

Site details

UK map showing location of Berriedale and Langwell Waters Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Berriedale and Langwell Waters 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

1106 Atlantic salmon  Salmo salar
The Berriedale and Langwell Waters on the north-east coast of Scotland support small, but high-quality salmon Salmo salar populations. The rivers have two separate catchments, but share a short length of river just before they meet the sea. Both rivers are oligotrophic, draining the southern edge of the Caithness and Sutherland peatlands, and show only limited ecological variation along their length. Whilst they are comparatively small rivers and support only a small proportion of the Scottish salmon resource, their long history of low management intervention means that they score highly for naturalness. Recent records indicate that the full range of Atlantic salmon life-history types return to the river, with grilse, spring and summer salmon all being caught.

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

Not applicable.


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