Peat & grassland habitats

Peatlands

The peatlands of Lochaber are of outstanding international importance. In the west, bogs such as Claish Moss, Kentra Moss and Blar na Caillich Buidhe are unusually well preserved and display distinctive patterns of bog pools and moss hummocks; whilst in the southeast, Rannoch Moor is a vast mosaic of blanket bog, peat-stained pools and lochans.

Important bog plants include Rannoch rush, dwarf birch, brown-beaked sedge and scarce bog mosses. Three nationally rare dragonflies, the white-faced darter, the northern emerald and the azure hawker breed in bog pools, and bogs are also important for breeding birds such as greenshank.

Grasslands

Enclosed grasslands and rush pastures are an important but declining feature of Lochaber’s landscape. This habitat is mainly associated with crofting areas such as Inverroy, Glen Coe and Strontian.

Where the land is traditionally maintained, colourful plant life thrives, including notable species like the greater butterfly-orchid, whorled caraway and the globeflower. Grassland areas are also home to a diverse range of wildlife.