Ben Nevis

Quick facts

  • Natura 2000 site (code UK0012956)
  • Under Habitats Directive
  • Since October 1997
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 93 km2 (9316.12 ha)
  • Marine area: 0%
  • Located in Atlantic biogeographical region
  • It protects 2 species of the Nature Directives
  • It protects 22 habitat types of the Habitats Directive

Source and more information: Natura 2000 Standard Data Form



Species summary

Nature directives' species in this site (2)
Species group Number
Fishes 1
Mammals 1

Habitat types

Habitat type code Habitat type english name Cover [ha]
3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the Isoeto-Nanojuncetea 18.63
4010 Northern Atlantic wet heaths with Erica tetralix 1164.52
4030 European dry heaths 968.88
4060 Alpine and Boreal heaths 326.06
4080 Sub-Arctic Salix spp scrub 0.93
6150 Siliceous alpine and boreal grasslands 1285.62
6170 Alpine and subalpine calcareous grasslands 9.32
6230 Species-rich Nardus grasslands, on silicious substrates in mountain areas (and submountain areas in Continental Europe) 18.63
6430 Hydrophilous tall herb fringe communities of plains and of the montane to alpine levels 0.93
7130 Blanket bogs (* if active bog) 586.92
7140 Transition mires and quaking bogs 0.93
7150 Depressions on peat substrates of the Rhynchosporion 0.93
7220 Petrifying springs with tufa formation (Cratoneurion) 0.93
7230 Alkaline fens 0.93
7240 Alpine pioneer formations of the Caricion bicoloris-atrofuscae 0.93
8110 Siliceous scree of the montane to snow levels (Androsacetalia alpinae and Galeopsietalia ladani) 1117.93
8120 Calcareous and calcshist screes of the montane to alpine levels (Thlaspietea rotundifolii) 93.16
8210 Calcareous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 74.53
8220 Siliceous rocky slopes with chasmophytic vegetation 745.29
9180 Tilio-Acerion forests of slopes, screes and ravines 0.93
91A0 Old sessile oak woods with Ilex and Blechnum in the British Isles 344.7
91C0 Caledonian forest 27.95

Designation information

NATURA 2000 is the ecological network for the conservation of wild animals and plant species and natural habitats of Community importance within the Union. It consists of sites classified under the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive (the Nature Directives).

NATURA 2000 site under

Birds Directive 2009/147/EC (SPA) Not under Birds directive
Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC (SCI) Under Habitats directive
  • Date proposed as Site of Community Importance (SCI)
October 1997
  • Date confirmed as Site of Community Importance
December 2004
Date designated as Special Area of Conservation (SAC) March 2005
Date of Standard data form update December 2015

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