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SNH Commissioned Report 449b: Bryological assessment for hydroelectric schemes in the West Highlands (2nd edition)

SNH Commissioned Report 449b: Bryological assessment for hydroelectric schemes in the West Highlands (2nd edition)

***This report supersedes SNH Commissioned Report 449 which is no longer available.***

Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) are one of the main species groups of concern in relation to hydroelectric schemes. The West Highlands (including the Hebrides) are home to some of the richest sites for oceanic bryophytes in Europe, and the general richness in these plants is higher than elsewhere in Great Britain. This report helps to clarify whether or not a bryophyte survey is needed for any particular hydroelectric proposal. It also provides guidance on how to assess whether a watercourse is of high national/international importance, where a hydroelectric scheme at such a site could have an adverse impact on the national bryophyte flora. Since publication of the 1st edition of this report (CR449) an additional 3272 sites have been classified and some changes have been made to the scoring system. This 2nd edition incorporates these additions and changes.

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Format : 28 pages; 1.66MB
Published in 2012

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