Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h' Uamha

Site details

UK map showing location of Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h' Uamha Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h' Uamha 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

6230 Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe)  * Priority feature
Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h’Uamha is representative of species-rich Nardus grasslands in the western Scottish Highlands. The species-rich Nardus grasslands occur on basalt, and include CG10 Festuca ovinaAgrostis capillarisThymus praecox grassland and CG11 Festuca ovinaAgrostis capillarisAlchemilla alpina grassland, both of which are well-represented. The grasslands are extensive, though grazing pressures are high, with mostly only the smaller grazing-tolerant herbs represented. There are frequent occurrences of the more common and widespread arctic-alpine and northern species, including alpine lady’s-mantle Alchemilla alpina, the lady’s-mantles A. glabra and A. filicaulis, mossy saxifrage Saxifraga hypnoides, mountain everlasting Antennaria dioica, alpine meadow-rue Thalictrum alpinum, northern bedstraw Galium boreale and viviparous sheep’s-fescue Festuca vivipara. A sub-maritime form with sea plantain Plantago maritima also occurs. On shady slopes there is a mossy form with the Atlantic bryophytes Breutelia chrysocoma, Racomitrium ellipticum, Scapania gracilis and Plagiochila spinulosa, as well as the scarce Lophozia obtusa.
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation
Beinn Iadain and Beinn na h’Uamha is representative of Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation at moderately high altitudes in the oceanic north-west Scottish Highlands. The communities develop on extensive crags of calcareous basalt, which provides a refugium for a rich calcicolous flora. Characteristic chasmophytic vascular plants include alpine saxifrage Saxifraga nivalis, northern rock-cress Arabis petraea, glaucous meadow-grass Poa glauca and holly-fern Polystichum lonchitis. There is a rich associated flora of calcicolous bryophytes, such as Orthothecium rufescens and Rhytidium rugosum.

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

6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels
7240 Alpine pioneer formations of the Caricion bicoloris-atrofuscae  * Priority feature
8120 Calcareous and calcshist screes of the montane to alpine levels (Thlaspietea rotundifolii)

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

Not applicable.

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

Not applicable.


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