SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Loch Ashie

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Loch Ashie is a large, open, mesotrophic loch located south-east of the Great Glen in the Scottish Highlands. Much of the shoreline is stony and exposed, with only small patches of emergent vegetation. Where the shore is more sheltered, small beds of Bottle Sedge Carex rostrata have developed. The loch is the most important site in Britain for Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus gathering during the pre- and post-breeding periods. In addition, the loch supports a population of breeding Slavonian Grebe of European importance.


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, 1 pairs representing at least 1.4% of the breeding population in Great Britain (5 year mean, 1991-1995)
On passage;
Slavonian Grebe Podiceps auritus, 44 pairs representing at least 11.0% of the population in Great Britain (Count as at 1993)


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