River Teith

Site details

UK map showing location of River Teith Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of River Teith SAC/SCI/cSAC


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

1095 Sea lamprey  Petromyzon marinus
The River Teith in eastern Scotland represents part of the east coast range of the sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus in the UK. The River Teith is the most significant tributary of the River Forth and young sea lampreys have been recorded throughout the lower reaches of the main river. The conservation importance of the River Teith is increased by the fact that, unlike many British rivers, it supports populations of all three lamprey species.
1096 Brook lamprey  Lampetra planeri
The River Teith rises and flows through upland areas before crossing the Highland Boundary Fault, a major geological feature in Scotland, at the Falls of Leny and meandering through the central lowlands to the east coast. The river system supports a strong brook lamprey Lampetra planeri population. Brook lampreys have been recorded from the headwaters downstream to the lower reaches. The river provides excellent habitat with usually pristine water quality, well-vegetated banks and a substantially unaltered river channel. The River Teith supports high densities of brook/river lamprey ammocoetes and also supports a healthy population of sea lamprey.
1099 River lamprey  Lampetra fluviatilis
The River Teith is a large river that flows eastwards through central Scotland and supports a strong population of river lamprey Lampetra fluviatilis. The river lacks any significant artificial barriers to migration, has good water quality and the necessary habitat types (extensive gravel beds and marginal silt beds) to support the river lamprey’s full life-cycle. All three British lamprey species are supported within the river.

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

1106 Atlantic salmon  Salmo salar

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