Database release:
SDF
NATURA 2000 - STANDARD DATA FORM

For Special Protection Areas (SPA),
Proposed Sites for Community Importance (pSCI),
Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and
for Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. SITE IDENTIFICATION

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1.1 Type

B

1.2 Site code

UK0012786

1.3 Site name

Durness

1.4 First Compilation date

1996-10

1.5 Update date

2018-09

1.6 Respondent:

Name/Organisation:Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Address:               
Email:

1.7 Site indication and designation / classification dates

Date site proposed as SCI:1996-10
Date site confirmed as SCI:2004-12
Date site designated as SAC:2005-03
National legal reference of SAC designation:Regulations 8 and 11-15 of The Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c) Regulations 1994 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1994/2716/contents/made).

2. SITE LOCATION

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2.1 Site-centre location [decimal degrees]:

Longitude:-4.768300
Latitude:58.569200

2.2 Area [ha]

1213.8000

2.3 Marine area [%]

7.7000

2.4 Sitelength [km]:

0.00

2.6 Biogeographical Region(s)

Atlantic (100.00 %)

3. ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION

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3.1 Habitat types present on the site and assessment for them

Annex I Habitat types Site assessment
Code PF NP Cover [ha] Cave [number] Data quality A|B|C|D A|B|C
      RepresentativityRelative SurfaceConservationGlobal
1210  info      0.49  0.00  G        
1230  info      0.00         
1330  info      0.24  0.00  G        
2120  info      28.04  0.00  G  
2130  info  X     355.04  0.00  G  
2190  info      4.01  0.00  G  
21A0  info      4.25  0.00  G        
3140  info      79.63  0.00  G  
4010  info      123.08  0.00  G  
4030  info      110.09  0.00  G  
6170  info      83.63  0.00  G  
6230  info  X     11.05  0.00  G        
6430  info      0.24  0.00  G  
7130  info      50.01  0.00  G        
7230  info      0.49  0.00  G  
8210  info      0.97  0.00  G        
8240  info  X     5.22  0.00  G  
8330  info      0.00         
  • PF: for the habitat types that can have a non-priority as well as a priority form (6210, 7130, 9430) enter "X" in the column PF to indicate the priority form.
  • NP: in case that a habitat type no longer exists in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Cover: decimal values can be entered
  • Caves: for habitat types 8310, 8330 (caves) enter the number of caves if estimated surface is not available.
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation)

3.2 Species referred to in Article 4 of Directive 2009/147/EC and listed in Annex II of Directive 92/43/EEC and site evaluation for them

Species Population in the site Site assessment
G Code Scientific Name S NP T Size Unit Cat. D.qual. A|B|C|D A|B|C
      MinMax  Pop.Con.Iso.Glo.
M1355Lutra lutra          DD 
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, I = Invertebrates, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Type: p = permanent, r = reproducing, c = concentration, w = wintering (for plant and non-migratory species use permanent)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the Standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting (see reference portal)
  • Abundance categories (Cat.): C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present - to fill if data are deficient (DD) or in addition to population size information
  • Data quality: G = 'Good' (e.g. based on surveys); M = 'Moderate' (e.g. based on partial data with some extrapolation); P = 'Poor' (e.g. rough estimation); VP = 'Very poor' (use this category only, if not even a rough estimation of the population size can be made, in this case the fields for population size can remain empty, but the field "Abundance categories" has to be filled in)

3.3 Other important species of flora and fauna (optional)

Species

Population in the site

Motivation

Group CODE Scientific Name S NP Size Unit Cat. Species Annex Other categories
     MinMax C|R|V|PIVVABCD
  • Group: A = Amphibians, B = Birds, F = Fish, Fu = Fungi, I = Invertebrates, L = Lichens, M = Mammals, P = Plants, R = Reptiles
  • CODE: for Birds, Annex IV and V species the code as provided in the reference portal should be used in addition to the scientific name
  • S: in case that the data on species are sensitive and therefore have to be blocked for any public access enter: yes
  • NP: in case that a species is no longer present in the site enter: x (optional)
  • Unit: i = individuals, p = pairs or other units according to the standard list of population units and codes in accordance with Article 12 and 17 reporting, (see reference portal)
  • Cat.: Abundance categories: C = common, R = rare, V = very rare, P = present
  • Motivation categories: IV, V: Annex Species (Habitats Directive), A: National Red List data; B: Endemics; C: International Conventions; D: other reasons

4. SITE DESCRIPTION

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4.1 General site character

Habitat class % Cover
N0439.00
N058.00
N067.00
N076.00
N0819.00
N093.00
N106.00
N118.00
N140.50
N170.50
N222.50
N230.50

Total Habitat Cover

100

Other Site Characteristics

1 Terrestrial: Soil & Geology: basic,granite,sandstone,nutrient-rich,peat,limestone,sand . 2 Terrestrial: Geomorphology and landscape: lowland,crags/ledges,coastal 4 Marine: Geomorphology: cave/tunnel,cliffs.

4.2 Quality and importance

Shifting dunes along the shoreline with Ammophila arenaria (white dunes) for which the area is considered to support a significant presence. Humid dune slacks for which the area is considered to support a significant presence. Hard oligo-mesotrophic waters with benthic vegetation of Chara spp. for which this is considered to be one of the best areas in the United Kingdom. Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix for which the area is considered to support a significant presence. European dry heaths for which the area is considered to support a significant presence. Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands for which this is considered to be one of the best areas in the United Kingdom which is considered to be rare as its total extent in the United Kingdom is estimated to be less than 1000 hectares. Alkaline fens for which the area is considered to support a significant presence. Limestone pavements for which this is considered to be one of the best areas in the United Kingdom. Fixed dunes with herbaceous vegetation (grey dunes) for which this is considered to be one of the best areas in the United Kingdom. Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels for which the area is considered to support a significant presence which is considered to be rare as its total extent in the United Kingdom is estimated to be less than 1000 hectares. Lutra lutra for which the area is considered to support a significant presence.

4.3 Threats, pressures and activities with impacts on the site

The most important impacts and activities with high effect on the site

Negative Impacts
RankThreats and pressures [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MA02I
HA04I
MA05I
MA07B
HB01I
MB02I
MC03B
MD01B
ME04B
HF03I
MG02B
MH01B
MH02B
MH03B
HH04B
MI01B
HI02B
MJ01I
MJ02B
MK01I
MK02I
MK04I
MM01B
MM02B
Positive Impacts
RankActivities, management [code]Pollution (optional) [code]inside/outside [i|o|b]
MF03I

Rank: H = high, M = medium, L = low
Pollution: N = Nitrogen input, P = Phosphor/Phosphate input, A = Acid input/acidification,
T = toxic inorganic chemicals, O = toxic organic chemicals, X = Mixed pollutions
i = inside, o = outside, b = both

4.5 Documentation

Conservation Objectives - the Scottish Natural Heritage 'site link' below provides access to the Conservation Objectives for this site. See also the 'UK Approach' document for more information (link via the JNCC website).
http://gateway.snh.gov.uk/sitelink/documentview.jsp?p_pa_code=8246&p_Doc_Type_ID=29
http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/pdf/Natura2000_StandardDataForm_UKApproach_Dec2015.pdf

5. SITE PROTECTION STATUS

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5.1 Designation types at national and regional level:

Code Cover [%]
UK04100.00

6. SITE MANAGEMENT

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6.1 Body(ies) responsible for the site management:

Organisation:Scottish Natural Heritage
Address:
Email:

6.2 Management Plan(s):

An actual management plan does exist:

Yes
No, but in preparation
X
No

6.3 Conservation measures (optional)

For available information, including on Conservation Objectives, see Section 4.5.

 

7. MAP OF THE SITE

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Map delivered as PDF in electronic format (optional)
Yes
No

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