SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Glen Tanar

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Glen Tanar is located in central Aberdeenshire in north-east Scotland. It is a large area of native pinewood with some heather moorland. The Forest of Glen Tanar covers the slopes of Glen Tanar and tributary valleys, rising to a present tree line of about 450 m. It is the third-largest expanse of native pinewood in the UK. Much of the forest is fenced against deer, and regeneration is occurring, giving a more varied range of age classes than in most native pinewoods. Above the tree line there is heather moorland with a series of mires and flushes. In places the pinewood is extending upslope into the moorland. The site is important for a number of specialist birds of native pinewoods, including the endemic Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica (Britain's only endemic bird species), Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus and breeding raptors, including nesting Osprey Pandion haliaetus


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;
Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus, 85 individuals representing at least 3.9% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count, as at mid-1990s)
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus, 2 pairs representing at least 0.4% of the breeding population in Great Britain (1998 National Survey)
Osprey Pandion haliaetus, 2 pairs representing at least 2.0% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count as at early 1990's)
Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica, 50 pairs representing at least 16.7% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count as at early 1970's)



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