SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Holburn Lake and Moss

image: SPA location map 


The SPA of Holburn Lake and Moss is located about 5 km inland from the coast of Northumberland in north-east England. The site comprises part of a lowland raised mire and parts of the adjacent slopes that form its catchment area. The south-western outflow to the mire was dammed in 1934 to create Holburn Lake. The core of the site comprises some 10 ha of largely heather-dominated vegetation, punctuated by wetter hollows that retain a Sphagnum-rich flora. There is a small area of poor fen at the eastern end of the lake. The site is of ornithological importance as a roost for the Icelandic population of Greylag Goose Anser anser. These birds feed in surrounding agricultural areas outside the SPA, sometimes beyond the immediate surroundings. 


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;
Greylag Goose Anser anser, 2,150 individuals representing at least 2.1% of the wintering Iceland/UK/Ireland population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)



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