Loch Spynie

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Loch Spynie

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    94 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    57°40'N 03°17'W
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Loch Spynie. 31/08/92; Scotland; 94 ha; 57°41'N 003°17'W. Special Protection Area EC Directive; SSSI. The loch developed in the 16th century from the closure of a tidal inlet by a shingle spit, giving rise to a shallow, nutrient-rich lagoon. The area exhibits typical succession of wetland plant communities, supporting several nationally rare species. The diversity of vegetation types supports a correspondingly interesting flora and fauna. The site is important for wintering and staging waterbirds, including internationally important numbers of geese returning to Icelandic breeding grounds. Human activities include management of vegetational succession and tourism. Ramsar site no. 569. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)