SPA description
(information as published 2001)


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Westwater Reservoir is located in the Pentland Hills of southern Scotland. It is an artificial reservoir forming part of the Lothian water supply. Westwater regularly provides a winter roost for many wildfowl, including large numbers of 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, 31,127 individuals representing at least 13.8% of the wintering Eastern Greenland/Iceland/UK population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)
Assemblage qualification: A wetland of international importance.
The area qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by regularly supporting at least 20,000 waterfowl
Over winter, the area regularly supports 31,465 individual waterfowl (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6) including: Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus.



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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.