SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Achanalt Marshes

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The Achanalt Marshes are located in Easter Ross, north-west Scotland. The SPA comprises the waterbodies of Loch Achanalt and Loch Odhar with associated semi-natural grassland and fen communities, interspersed with heathland and mire. It is an important part of the most extensive river valley floodplain in Easter Ross and still retains abundant semi-natural vegetation. The marshes support a range of wet grassland and fen communities. The diverse fen and marsh habitats provide ideal nesting habitat for a range of wildfowl and wader species, especially important numbers of Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola


Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:
During the breeding season;
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola, 3 pairs representing at least 30.0% of the breeding population in Great Britain (5 year mean, 1991-1995)



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