River Tay

Site details

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

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

1106 Atlantic salmon  Salmo salar
The River Tay supports a high-quality Atlantic salmon Salmo salar population, with rod catch returns showing that the Tay is consistently one of the top three salmon rivers in Scotland. In 1999 the catch was 7230 fish, over 10% of the Scottish total. The Tay drains a very large catchment, and has the greatest flow of all UK rivers. There is considerable ecological variety in the Tay catchment, resulting in the Tay supporting the full range of salmon life-history types found in Scotland, with adult salmon entering the River Tay throughout the year to spawn in different parts of the catchment.

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

1095 Sea lamprey  Petromyzon marinus
1096 Brook lamprey  Lampetra planeri
1099 River lamprey  Lampetra fluviatilis
1355 Otter  Lutra lutra

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