Taynish and Knapdale Woods

Site details

UK map showing location of Taynish and Knapdale Woods Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Taynish and Knapdale Woods 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 continuous block of woodland on the west coast of Scotland is representative of old sessile oak woods in the rich south-west Highlands bryophyte zone. The site is notable for its outstanding lichen and bryophyte communities, which include species with a predominantly southern distribution, such as the rare Physcia clementei. In the less acidic areas a rich ground flora occurs, including narrow-leaved helleborine Cephalanthera longifolia. There are also transitions to open bog-filled hollows with the Annex†II species 1065 Marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia and several small mesotrophic lochs.

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

3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the IsoŽto-Nanojuncetea

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

1065 Marsh fritillary butterfly  Euphydryas (Eurodryas, Hypodryas) aurinia
A large population at Taynish and Knapdale in western Scotland represents marsh fritillary Euphydryas aurinia in the northern part of its UK range. The population is most likely part of the same metapopulation present at Tayvallich Juniper and Coast, and is of the Scottish form E. aurinia scotica, which is completely isolated from populations in England and Wales.

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

1355 Otter  Lutra lutra

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