Loch Ruthven

Site details

UK map showing location of Loch Ruthven Special Area of Conservation/Site of Community Importance.
Location of Loch Ruthven SAC/SCI/cSAC
 

Note:

When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered.

Annex I habitats that are a primary reason for selection of this site

3130 Oligotrophic to mesotrophic standing waters with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the IsoŽto-Nanojuncetea
Loch Ruthven in the north central Scottish Highlands is a high-quality representative of an oligotrophic loch with vegetation of the Littorelletea uniflorae and/or of the IsoŽto-Nanojuncetea. Water quality data shows that Loch Ruthven is a moderately rich oligotrophic water tending towards the mesotrophic end of the spectrum, and supports a variety of flora including quillwort Isoetes lacustris, shoreweed Littorella uniflora and water lobelia Lobelia dortmanna. Potamogeton species are well represented and include red pondweed P. alpinus, curled pondweed P. crispus, broad-leaved pondweed P. natans, perfoliate pondweed P. perfoliatus and bog pondweed P. polygonifolius. A comparison with historic conditions has shown that the loch has changed little in recent years. In common with many oligotrophic and mesotrophic lochs it has a variety of shoreline features which range from open shore to fen areas, and which include a succession of habitat types from semi-natural birch woodland to open water.

Annex I habitats present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable.

Annex II species that are a primary reason for selection of this site

Not applicable.

Annex II species present as a qualifying feature, but not a primary reason for site selection

1355 Otter  Lutra lutra

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