Cairngorm Lochs

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Cairngorm Lochs

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    173 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    57°04'N 03°42'W
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Cairngorm Lochs. 24/07/81; Scotland; 173 ha; 57°04'N 003°47'W. Nature Reserve, SSSI, Scenic Area. A composite site of five separate arctic and alpine freshwater lakes comprising a large part of Britain's most important mountain area. At over 1,000 m. in altitude, the lakes are of considerable limnological value and support highly specialized populations of zooplankton and phytoplankton that develop below the winter ice-cover. Flora and fauna are generally impoverished due to environmental conditions. At the heart of the Scottish skiing industry, it is a popular destination for climbers and walkers. Ramsar site no. 216. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

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