Achnahaird

Site details

UK map showing location of Achnahaird Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Achnahaird 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

Not applicable

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

Not applicable.

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

1395 Petalwort  Petalophyllum ralfsii
This sand dune site in north-west Scotland hosts the largest population of petalwort Petalophyllum ralfsii in Britain. It is the only known Scottish site and the most northerly location recorded for this species in the world. The characteristic habitat of P. ralfsii at Achnahaird is moist dune slacks and the banks of small burns and drainage lines which run through the site. It also occurs in areas of bare, stable sand. Some of the largest colonies occur on areas of open sand which are kept damp by diffuse flushing from above. A number of other notable bryophyte species have been recorded from the site, often growing in close proximity to P. ralfsii.

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

Not applicable.


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