SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Loch Vaa

image: SPA location map 


Loch Vaa is located on the northern edge of Strath Spey in the central Highlands of Scotland. It is a small, oligotrophic, spring-fed loch of about 500 m diameter. The shoreline comprises a series of small bays and inletsvegetated with fen and bog communities. The loch is surrounded by deciduous woodland, with mainly Birch Betula pendula to the south and plantation Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris to the north. Small ephemeral pools around the loch are important for insects, notably water beetles and Northern Damselfly Coenagrion hastulatum. The loch supports breeding waterbirds and pinewood birds in the surrounding woodland. 


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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