Loch of Strathbeg

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Loch of Strathbeg

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom
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  • Area: 
    616 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    57°37'N 01°53'W
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Loch of Strathbeg. 27/11/95; Scotland; 616 ha; 57°37'N 001°53'W. Special Protection Area, SSSI. A shallow nutrient-rich loch constituting the largest dune slack pool in Britain. Vegetation consists of reedbeds, freshwater marshes, and alder-willow carr. Calcareous dunes and dune slacks are relatively undisturbed and provide habitat for a rich flora and fauna. This site provides wintering habitat for numerous important wetland bird species, notably internationally important numbers of geese and the Whooper Swan, Cygnus cygnus, and is an important staging area for migratory waterbirds. Human activities include tourism, fishing, and livestock grazing. Ramsar site no. 778. Most recent RIS information: 2006.

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  • National legal designation: 
    • sssi
  • Regional (international) legal designations: 
    • EU Natura 2000
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