River Spey - Insh Marshes

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River Spey - Insh Marshes

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    1,159 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    57°05'N 03°58'W
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River Spey-Insh Marshes. 02/02/97; Scotland; 1,159 ha; 57°05'N 004°00'W. Special Protection Area, SSSI. Forming the largest unit of poor fen floodplain mire in Britain, the site consists of a large area of swamp and carr subject to seasonal flooding, extensive river shingles, and a gravel fan. The site includes Loch Insh and reaches of the Spey River that support large numbers of wintering and breeding waterbirds consisting of several rare species. The site supports a large assemblage of nationally rare or scarce aquatic plants and invertebrates, and is one of the best sites in Britain for otter Lutra lutra. Human activities include recreation, fishing, hunting, and livestock grazing. Ramsar site no. 889. Most recent RIS information: 2007.

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