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
|4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths|
|Moffat Hills represents the best examples of Alpine and Boreal heath in the Southern Uplands of Scotland and contains some of the best examples south of the Highlands. H13 Calluna vulgaris Cladonia arbuscula heath occurs as small stands on high ridges. Lichen-rich H19 Vaccinium myrtillus Cladonia arbuscula heath is relatively extensive for a locality south of the Highlands and is well-developed with characteristic flora. H22 Vaccinium myrtillus Rubus chamaemorus heath occurs here at the southern edge of its geographic range.|
|6150 Siliceous alpine and boreal grasslands|
|Moffat Hills represents Siliceous alpine and boreal grassland in the central Southern Uplands. The main type represented is U10 Carex bigelowii Racomitrium lanuginosum moss-heath which covers the higher summits, including solifluction ground. This is some of the best-developed Carex Racomitrium moss-heath occurring south of the Highlands, though loss of Racomitrium cover may have occurred due to grazing. The moss-heath is grassy, and contains much sheeps-fescue Festuca ovina and wavy hair-grass Deschampsia flexuosa together with the small herb heath bedstraw Galium saxatile. The frequency of these species is probably an indication of nutrient enrichment from grazing sheep. The snow-bed U7 Nardus stricta Carex bigelowii grass-heath is widespread here, at one of its few sites south of the Highlands.|
Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site
Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site
Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection
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