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      Biosphere Reserve Information

United Kingdom


  General Description   Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Beinn Eighe Biosphere Reserve and Nature Reserve displays a suite of habitats primarily influenced by upland and oceanic factors. Most of Beinn Eighe is covered by open heathland, bare rock, scree, and wet grassland with scattered bogs and peat lands. Of national interest are two variants of dwarf shrub heath and a western variant of moss heath. The woodland, which is found below 300m close to Loch Maree and in various isolated gorges, includes the best remaining examples of western pinewood in Britain, and also contains birch, holly, ivy, rowan, oak and juniper.
Beinn Eighe is managed purely for conservation objectives and there is no buffer zone or transition area. Only some extensive forms of recreation such as hillwalking take place. The nature reserve was originally established partly as an open-air laboratory, and continues to provide a site and facilities for the long-term monitoring of environmental change. The Anancaun Field Station, with full laboratory facilities for up to 14 people, plays an important role in attracting scientists and in the coordination of field data recording. The area is also frequently used for education purposes, particularly for undergraduate field courses which can be accommodated in the field station.
Proposals made in the periodic review for extending this reserve to meet the Seville criteria are being considered.
  Major ecosystem type   Mixed mountain and highland systems
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Location   5733' to 5740'N; 0518' to 0530'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   4,800
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +15 to +980
  Year designated   1976
  Administrative authorities   The Department of the Environment, Trade and Regions and the Scottish Executive
  Brief description   Daily climatological recording
Research on montane ecosystems
Moth recording
Rare plant species monitoring
Deer monitoring
Ungulate ecology and management (deer)
Tree regeneration monitoring
Ecosystem restoration of woodlands
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   Climate, monitoring/methodologies.
  Biodiversity   Ecology, forest systems, invertebrates/insects/spiders, mammals, methodologies, mountain and highland systems, plants, rare/endangered/threatened species, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   Management issues.
  Contact address   Eoghain Maclean
Site manager
Anancaun, Kinlochewe
IV22 2PA Achnasheen, Ross-shire
United Kingdom
  Telephone   (44.1445) 760 254

Last updated: 28/02/2007

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