Highland Perthshire has a rich variety of wildlife, much of which can be found on Atholl Estates. Consequently, large parts of the Estate are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. This recognises the importance of these areas for conservation and wildlife. Many of these areas are also designated as Natura 2000 sites – part of a European wide network of important sites, Special Protection Areas (SPAs) are designated for special bird interest and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) for plants or other wildlife.
The Ranger Service has a programme of guided visits and talks about these reserves. Please contact us if you wish to receive more information.
The specific areas are:
- Beinn a Ghlo
Designated for species rich grassland and high altitude stony flushes and upland birds. A Special Area of Conservation. 7,933 hectares.
- Glen Tilt Woods
Species rich mixed valley woodland. 15 hectares
- Struan Wood
Highland birch wood of mixed age with rare beetles and one very rare moth. 83 hectares
- Aldclune and Invervack Meadows
Unimproved grassland with a large number of calcicolous plant species. 17 hectares.
- Pitarrig Meadow
Diverse, rare plant species in a mosaic of wet flushes, grasslands and wet and dry heaths. 15 hectares.
- Brerechan Meadow
Herb rich damp meadow, regularly flooded in winter. 3 hectares.
- Logierait Mires
Breeding site for northern damselfly. 65 hectares.
- Tulach Hill
Alkaline fens and a very rare snail. A Special Area of Conservation. 704 hectares.
- Shingle Islands
Possible Special Area of Conservation. Managed with Scottish Woodland Trust.
- Glen Fender Meadows
Unimproved hay meadow and alkaline fen and a rare bee. A Special Area of Conservation. 98 hectares.
- Fungarth Juniper Wood
One of the largest areas of juniper wood in Tayside. 55 hectares.
- Forest of Clunie
Designated for upland breeding birds including hen harrier, merlin, short-eared own and osprey. Special Protection Area. 19,613 hectares.