When you hear the name Ben Nevis, you probably associate it with the mountain, the highest mountain in the UK and Ireland.
Ben Nevis Special Area of Conservation (SAC) is nearly 10,000 ha of designated land which encompasses and surrounds the 1,345m high peak. However, as well as being home to the famous summit, this SAC also contains a wide range of upland habitats including Caledonian forest and blanket bog, and is notable for its range of plant, moss and invertebrate communities.
Over the lifespan of the project, the CANN team will be working on producing a Conservation Action Plan for Ben Nevis SAC, and generating an up-to-date habitat map for the site. These documents will both be used to inform conservation decisions and management strategies, with an overall aim to guide the site towards a favourable conservation status.
Bryophytes are small, non-vascular plants; namely mosses, liverworts and hornworts. Most are found in damp conditions, and they are very important in helping to regulate ecosystems. They are significant species in the soil formation process, and help to maintain soil moisture and as well as recycling nutrients within the ecosystem.
Ben Nevis, Fort William, PH33 6SY
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The CANN Project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match funding has been provided by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government in Ireland, by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland, and by Scottish Natural Heritage in Scotland.