SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Loch Spynie

image: SPA location map 


Loch Spynie is located in the north-west of Scotland, inland from the coast of the Moray Firth. It is one of the few large and naturally eutrophic waterbodies in northern Scotland. It supports a diverse aquatic flora with extensive reedbeds fringing the open water body and various stages of hydroseral succession including mesotrophic fen, willow Salix spp. scrub and swamp Alder Alnus glutinosa woodland. The loch is of European importance as a roost for Icelandic Greylag Goose Anser anser. The geese feed away from the SPA on surrounding agricultural land during the day. 


Qualifying species

For individual species accounts visit the Species Accounts section


This site qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:


Over winter;
Greylag Goose Anser anser, 3,360 individuals representing up to 3.4% of the wintering Iceland/UK/Ireland population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)



Many designated sites are on private land: the listing of a site in these pages does not imply any right of public access.
Note that sites selected for waterbird species on the basis of their occurrence in the breeding, passage or winter periods also provide legal protection for these species when they occur at other times of the year.