SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Loch Knockie and Nearby Lochs

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The Loch Knockie and Nearby Lochs SPA is located in the north-central Scottish Highlands. It comprises a group of mesotrophic lochans at the south-east end of the Great Glen in the Highland region. The lochans support an undisturbed aquatic plant community including extensive sedge beds. The catchment surrounding the SPA comprises a range of upland habitats including upland heath and mire, mixed woodlands and agricultural land. The lochs support an important and highly productive breeding population of Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus

Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:


During the breeding season;
Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus, 5 pairs representing up to 7.1% of the breeding population in Great Britain (5 year mean, 1991-1995)



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