SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Kintyre Goose Roosts

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The Kintyre Goose Roosts SPA is located on the Kintyre peninsula in south-west Scotland. The site comprises five hill lochs (Loch Garasdale, Loch an Fhraoich, Loch Lussa, Tangy Loch and Black Loch (north)) together with an area of grassland and heath at Rhunahaorine Point. The site supports an important population of Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris. The geese roost on the site at night and fly to feed on nearby agricultural land outside the SPA during the day. 


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:
Over winter:
Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris, 2,323 individuals representing at least 16.6% of the wintering population in Great Britain (winter peak mean)



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