SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Wester Ross Lochs

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The Wester Ross Lochs are located to the north-west of Kinlochewe in the western Highlands of Scotland. The site comprises a cluster of 13 oligotrophic, freshwater lochs ranging from 25-320 m above sea level, surrounded by heath and blanket bog. These lochs are (from west to east): Loch Kernsary, Loch a' Bhaid-luachraich, Lochan Dubh Druim na h-Airde, Loch Fada, Loch na Moine Buige, Fionn Loch, Loch na h-Uidhe, Lochan Beannach Mor, Lochan Beannach Beg, Loch a' Mhadaidh Mor, Loch Garbhaig, Lochan Fada and Loch an Sgeirach. These lochs have intricate shorelines and islands, and mostly support typical oligotrophic fauna and flora. Several of the islands support relict examples of the original vegetation cover of Wester Ross (little of which now remains elsewhere). The site supports a breeding population of European importance of the Annex I species Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica. Of the regular breeding territories within the site, not all are occupied each year. This population has higher than average productivity (one-third greater than the national average between 1986 and 1998). The combination of large population size and high productivity means that the site makes a significant contribution to the production of fledged chicks in Scotland as a whole. 


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;
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica, 8 pairs representing at least 5.0% of the breeding population in Great Britain (1986-1996)



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