(information as published 2001)
Loch of Kinnordy
The Loch of Kinnordy is located just west of Kirriemuir in Angus
in eastern Scotland. It is a 22 ha eutrophic loch with associated
wetland communities, notably basin mire, swamp and fen. The loch
was formerly much larger in extent, but a series of drainage
attempts, initially to facilitate marl removal, reduced its size.
However, it has been increasing in extent in recent years due to
the silting of the loch's current outflow stream. The site contains
a number of distinct fen communities. Carr woodlands include willow
Salix spp., Alder Alnus glutinosa and Birch
Betula spp. communities, which are thought to be natural.
The loch is a roost for important numbers of Icelandic Greylag
Goose Anser anser and Pink-footed Goose Anser
brachyrhynchus. The geese feed away from the SPA on
surrounding agricultural land during the day.
For individual species accounts visit the Species
This site qualifies under Article 4.2 of the
Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European
importance of the following migratory species:
Greylag Goose Anser anser, 1,000 individuals
representing up to 1.0% of the wintering Iceland/UK/Ireland
population (winter peak means)
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, 4,760
individuals representing up to 2.1% of the wintering Eastern
Greenland/Iceland/UK population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 -
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times of the year.