Glen Beasdale

Site details

UK map showing location of Glen Beasdale Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Glen Beasdale 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

91A0 Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in the British Isles
Glen Beasdale is one of the largest oakwoods in Lochaber. It is an extensive area of coastal old sessile oak wood on acid soils, derived from Moine rocks, and has a healthy ground cover with heather Calluna vulgaris and purple moor-grass Molinia caerulea. Moving inland, there are transitions to more birch-dominated areas at higher altitude. The bryophyte flora is rich and includes several species with an Atlantic distribution. A diverse lichen flora is also present. The woodland at Glen Beasdale is ecologically distinct from comparable oakwoods at Loch Moidart (within the Loch Moidart and Shiel Woods site), where the vegetation is influenced by base-rich rock outcrops.

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

1029 Freshwater pearl mussel  Margaritifera margaritifera
1355 Otter  Lutra lutra

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