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
|4030 European dry heaths|
|North Fetlar represents species-rich forms of maritime H7 Calluna vulgaris – Scilla verna and upland H10 Calluna vulgaris – Erica cinerea heaths at the northern limit of their range in the UK. The species-rich Thymus praecox – Carex pulicaris sub-type of Calluna – Erica heath (H10d) is especially well-developed and extensive on base-rich serpentine rock. The combined extent of the maritime and upland species-rich heath is the largest within the SAC series but not as rich in associated flora and invertebrates as related heaths on Rum. Oceanic-northern species-poor forms of Calluna – Erica heath with abundant woolly fringe-moss Racomitrium lanuginosum, unusually developed at low altitude in the harsh climate, are also well-represented.|
|7230 Alkaline fens|
|Alkaline fens fed by base-rich water from serpentine rocks are widespread across North Fetlar. They represent the habitat on Shetland and in the far north. The NVC type is M10 Carex dioica – Pinguicula vulgaris mire. Transitions occur to base-rich swamp communities.|
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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