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
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
|1110 Sandbanks which are slightly covered by sea water all the time|
Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site
|1349 Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus|
|The Moray Firth in north-east Scotland supports the only known resident population of bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus in the North Sea. The population is estimated to be around 130 individuals (Wilson et al. 1999). Dolphins are present all year round, and, while they range widely in the Moray Firth, they appear to favour particular areas.|
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
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