SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Loch Ken and River Dee Marshes

image: SPA location map 

 

Loch Ken and River Dee Marshes are located in south-west Scotland. The site takes the form of a long linear loch and river system that is the southernmost of its type in Scotland. Loch Ken was dammed in the 1930s and the raising of water levels resulted in the reformation of marshes along its banks. It contains areas of swamp (reed and sedge beds), adjoining fen, wet grassland and carr woodland. The site supports internationally important roosting numbers of Greenland White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons flavirostris and Icelandic Greylag Goose Anser anser. Both species also feed on agricultural areas outside the SPA. 


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, 350 individuals representing at least 2.5% of the wintering population in Great Britain (Count, as at late 1990s)
 
 
This site also 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, 1,000 individuals representing up to 1.0% of the wintering Iceland/UK/Ireland population (winter peak means)

 


Note:

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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.