Moine Mhor SAC

Status: Designated

Description

Site overview

This is a really boggy area! The bogs bogs gradually move into saltmarshes. A transition to saltmarsh is an unusual ecological feature of this site. Sadly it has been badly cared for previously; large areas have been drained, and peat extraction has occurred. But thankfully now the area shows strong evidence of regeneration. This area is home to the marsh fritillary butterfly and the European otter. 

MPA Type

Special Area of Conservation

Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are strictly protected sites designated under European legislation. They contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds).

Designation date

1 January 1996

Surface Area

11.49 km2 (4.43 mi.2)

Perimeter

37.58 km (23.35 mi.)

  • Otter (Lutra lutra)

    These fish-eating mammals completely disappeared from the waterways of most of central and southern England in just 50 years, their future now looks much brighter.

  • Atlantic salt meadows (Glauco-Puccinellietalia maritimae)

    Areas with specially adapted plants found in the upper reaches of saltmarshes that are not always reached by the tide. The habitat is used for grazing, but is also very important for birds.

  • Intertidal mudflats and sandflats (Mudflats and sandflats not covered by seawater at low tide)

Did you know?…

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

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