SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Fala Flow

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Fala Flow is located in the Lammermuir Hills of the Scottish Southern Uplands, south-east of Edinburgh. It is blanket mire, with some pools, developed at a lower altitude than most blanket mires in Midlothian. The vegetation comprises Heather Calluna vulgaris and Hare's-tail Cottongrass Eriophorum vaginatum with other characteristic species including Crowberry Empetrum nigrum and Sphagnum mosses. Such mires are scarce and declining in Midlothian and this example is relatively undisturbed. The mire and pools support an internationally important roost of the Iceland/Greenland population of Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus. The geese feed in surrounding areas of agricultural land outside the SPA. 


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:
Over winter;
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, 6,719 individuals representing at least 3.0% of the wintering Eastern Greenland/Iceland/UK population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)



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