Kinloch and Kyleakin Hills

Site details

UK map showing location of Kinloch and Kyleakin Hills Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Kinloch and Kyleakin Hills 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
This is an extensive upland site on Torridonian Sandstone, where the lower slopes contain several areas of rocky woodland and wooded ravines varying from acidic oak–birch QuercusBetula woodland, to base-rich ash–hazel Fraxinus excelsiorCorylus avellana woodland with a herb-rich ground flora. It includes the woodland at Leitre Fura, one of the few woods on Skye which is dominated by ash and wych elm Ulmus glabra. Many of the oak and ash trees within the component woods of this site are veterans and are now growing within an infilled wood pasture, which has regenerated as woodland. Several of the component woods support a very rich bryophyte flora, both as epiphytes and on the block scree within the wood, with an internationally important representation of oceanic species, especially in ravines deeply cut into the sandstone. The woods are also important for epiphytic lichens, with good examples of euoceanic communities.

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

4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix
4030 European dry heaths
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths
7130 Blanket bogs (* if active bog)  * Priority feature
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines  * Priority feature

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

1355 Otter  Lutra lutra

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