SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Ben Alder

image: SPA location map 

Ben Alder is a remote mountain massif in the Highlands, lying between Loch Ericht and Loch Laggan in Badenoch & Strathspey. There are extensive summit plateaux with much ground above 970 m. The geological composition – mainly acidic Moine schists with a band of limestone outcropping at high altitude – makes Ben Alder one of the most ecologically varied mountain systems in the western Grampian Mountains, with extensive dwarf-shrub and bryophyte heath, areas of late snow-lie, blanket mire and grassland. The large summit plateaux support a diverse and important assemblage of specialist montane birds, including a breeding population of Dotterel Charadrius morinellus. It is also important as a spring and autumn gathering ground for Dotterel from a much wider area of the Scottish Highlands, as well as being an important spring staging area for birds en route to nest in Norway. 


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, 26 pairs representing at least 3.1% of the breeding population in Great Britain (1987-1994)



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