SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Gladhouse Reservoir

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Gladhouse Reservoir SPA lies in the Moorfoot Hills of the Southern Uplands of Scotland, about 20 km south of Edinburgh. It is a public water-supply reservoir, with limited aquatic and emergent vegetation, although small areas of marginal fen have developed in places. The reservoir is the largest freshwater body in the Lothians and is surrounded by both coniferous and mixed woodland and grassland. It has a number of small islands. The site is an important winter roosting area for Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus. The geese feed in surrounding areas of agricultural land outside the SPA. 


Qualifying species

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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;
Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus, 3,068 individuals representing at least 1.4% of the wintering Eastern Greenland/Iceland/UK population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)



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