SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Loch of Skene

image: SPA location map 

 

Loch of Skene is located about 15 km west of Aberdeen in Scotland. It is a shallow (<2 m deep) eutrophic lowland loch surrounded by fringing reedbeds and birch-willow carr. The loch supports an internationally important roost of Icelandic Greylag Goose Anser anser, as well as Icelandic Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus. Both swans and geese feed away from the SPA on surrounding agricultural land during the day.

 


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;
 
Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, 203 individuals representing up to 3.7% of the wintering population in Great Britain (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)
 
 
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, 10,840 individuals representing up to 10.8% of the wintering Iceland/UK/Ireland population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)

 


Note:

Many designated sites are on private land: the listing of a site in these pages does not imply any right of public access.
 
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.