River Evelix

Site details

UK map showing location of River Evelix Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of River Evelix 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

1029 Freshwater pearl mussel  Margaritifera margaritifera
The Evelix is the only remaining small east coast river in Scotland that supports a surviving functional freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera population, particularly within the upper reaches of the river. Mussels have also occur in the lower stretches of the river, but in lower numbers than upstream and with fewer juveniles were present. Pearl-fishing is thought to be the principal reason for the decreased numbers in the lower stretches, but the presence of juveniles in the upper sections indicates that despite losses, the population is successfully recruiting.

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

Not applicable.


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