Caithness Lochs

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Caithness Lochs

  • Country: 
    United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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  • Area: 
    1,379 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    58°31'N 03°26'W
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Caithness Lochs. 02/02/98; Scotland; 1,379 ha; 58°29'N 003°20'W. Special Area for Conservation, SSSI. A suite of six lochs and a mire in the extreme north of mainland Scotland. The lochs cover a range of types from oligotrophic to eutrophic and support a wide diversity of aquatic and wetland vegetation including submerged and floating aquatic communities and species rich marginal, fen and swamp communities. In winter these lochs support internationally important wintering populations of whooper swan (Icelandic), Greenland white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons flavirostris, 420 individuals, representing 1.4% of the population),and greylag goose (Icelandic). Human activities include fishing, permanent pastoral agriculture, and hunting. Site significantly expanded in 2000. Ramsar site no. 928. Most recent RIS information: 2005.

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