SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Arran Moors

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Arran Moors SPA is located on the island of Arran off the south-west coast of Scotland. The site is an extensive area of moorland and comprises most of the southern half of Arran. extending also along the north-east coast. The predominant habitats include extensive areas of wet and dry heaths, wet and dry blanket bogs, and unimproved acid grassland. There are small areas of broad-leaved woodland, typically associated with river valleys, and several lochs. Large parts of the site have been subjected to past management by burning and drainage, and this is still prevalent in some areas. These forms of management have modified the habitats in many places, encouraging grassland formation. The site regularly supports a population of European importance of the Annex I species Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus. Breeding birds defend nesting territories but forage widely across the whole site. A diverse range of other upland birds occurs on the moorlands, although not at levels of European importance. 


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;
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus, 24 pairs representing at least 4.8% of the breeding population in Great Britain (1998 National Survey)



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