SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Cnuic agus Cladach Mhuile (Mull Coast and Hills)

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The Cnuic agus Cladach Mhuile SPA is a large upland site on the island of Mull in the Inner Hebrides. The site rises from sea level to 966 m and comprises four separate sections: Ardmeanach, Ardura-Auchnacraig, Ben More-Scarisdale and South Mull Coast. The site thus supports a diverse range of habitats including moorland, grassland and woodland, freshwater lochs and lochans, saltmarsh and rocky coast. . Much of the land is used as rough grazing for sheep and cattle, and in some areas livestock densities are relatively high. This is also the case for Red Deer Cervus elaphus which occur throughout. The site supports a breeding population of European importance of the Annex I species Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos. This is one of the highest density populations of Golden Eagle in the UK, with an unusually high breeding productivity for a population on the west coast of Scotland. Golden Eagles nest, roost, display and from the hilltops to the coastal margins at sea level. Each of the pairs occurring within the site has more than one eyrie located on cliffs and ledges throughout the SPA. Birds also hunt outside the SPA over adjacent agricultural land. This site has a long history of occupation by Golden Eagles(the presence and productivity of which have been monitored for at least 20 years) and is important in maintaining the species' European range. 


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;
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos, 9 pairs representing at least 2.3% of the breeding population in Great Britain (1992)



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