North East Scotland Wetland Inventory

Thursday 1st of March 2007

The North East Scotland wetland inventory examined the current wetland resources of Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. A principal aim was to identify sites with potential for restoration, expansion or creation.

Information of existing habitats was collated from a range of surveys and mapped using GIS software. Fen, reedbed and wet woodland habitats were then filtered by a number of constraints, to identify sites suitable for expansion. A map of flat areas was visually assessed, to identify areas of forest and grassland suitable for creating additional wetland habitats. These were then filtered by the same constraints as existing habitats, to prioritise sites.

This study estimates that the region holds c.153 ha of reedbed, c.1, 630* ha of fen and c.1, 490 ha of wet woodland. Five reedbeds and nine fens were found to be suitable for expansion. Four wet woodlands were also identified as suitable, although the potential expansion area for this habitat was relatively small. In addition, 73 ha of forest wetland and 772 ha of potential wet grassland sites were identified for habitat restoration.

The information collated in this study has formed the basis of the Local Biodiversity Action Plan for wetland habitats, translating national targets into effective action at the local level - that plan is presented as a separate document.

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