SPA description
(information as published 2001)


image: SPA location map 


Lochnagar is a large montane plateau south-east of Braemar in the eastern part of the Grampian Mountains in central Scotland. Run-off drains into the River Dee to the north and to the River South Esk to the south. The SPA comprises two separate areas and consists of a series of rounded summits and ridges above 900 m altitude. Gravel and boulders cover a large proportion of the site with extensive boulder fields. Snow beds occur until late summer and occasionally persist throughout the year. The site supports a mosaic of sub-montane and montane acidic plant communities characteristic of eastern Scottish high-plateaux. The site is important as a nesting area for a range of montane bird species, but especially for breeding Dotterel Charadrius morinellus.


Lochnagar SPA is integrally linked to the immediately adjoining plateau complex of Caenlochan SPA.
For more information see Phased, extended and subsumed SPAs

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, 28 pairs representing up to 3.3% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Two count mean, 1988 & 1996)



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