SPA description
(information as published 2001)


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Ballochbuie is located in the central Highlands of Scotland. It is an area of Caledonian pinewoods near Braemar in the upper valley of the River Dee. The site extends from low-lying pinewoods adjacent to the south side of the River Dee, up beyond the current tree line to the upland moorland and rocky crags in the south of the site that include Creag Clunie and the Lions Face. The pinewoods are important for a range of specialist birds of these woodlands, especially Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus and Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica (Britain's only endemic bird species).


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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, 36 individuals representing at least 1.6% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count, as at 1997)
Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica, 10 pairs representing at least 3.3% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count as at 1997)



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