SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Mointeach Scadabhaigh

image: SPA location map 


Mointeach Scadabhaigh is located on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides off the north-west coast of Scotland. It is a large area of peatland, lochans and lochs centred on Loch Scadavay, the largest freshwater body in North Uist. Both Loch Scadavay and the neighbouring Loch nan Eun have intricate shorelines and many islands. Their nutrient-poor waters support vegetation typical of the oligotrophic conditions and the islands support Heather Calluna vulgaris and scrub. Surrounding blanket bog contains many dystrophic lochans and smaller oligotrophic lochs. The peatland itself consists of two large mires with smaller valley-side and spur bogs scattered through the site, while the vegetation shows a strong Atlantic influence. The site supports a notable assemblage of breeding birds typical of bogs and moorlands but is especially important for productive breeding populations of both Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica and Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata – the latter being one of the highest-density populations in the UK. Red-throated Divers feed away from the SPA in surrounding marine areas. 


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:

During the breeding season;
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica, 3 pairs representing at least 1.9% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count, as at 1993)
Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata, 48 pairs representing at least 5.1% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count, as at 1994)



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