SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Creag Meagaidh

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Creag Meagaidh is a montane massif north of Loch Laggan in the Badenoch & Strathspey district of the Scottish Highlands. There is a wide range of habitats, including grassland, heath, cliff vegetation, snow-bed vegetation, woodland and, on the broad summit plateau, bryophyte heath. The uninterrupted transition of natural and semi-natural vegetation from the shores of Loch Laggan to the summit (at 1,130 m) is a particularly notable feature, as is the north-eastern corrie, Coire Ardair, with its 400 m cliffs. The site is important for its assemblage of montane birds, in particular an important breeding population of Dotterel Charadrius morinellus


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;
Dotterel Charadrius morinellus, 23 pairs representing at least 2.7% of the breeding population in Great Britain (8 year mean, 1987-1994)



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