SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Assynt Lochs

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Assynt Lochs are a collection of large oligotrophic freshwater lochs and surrounding moorland catchments located in Sutherland, northern Scotland. The 'knochan-lochan' terrain of the Assynt catchment contains a wide range of habitats characteristic of the north-west Highlands, including upland heath, upland moor, upland broad-leaved woodland, lochs, lochans, rivers and streams. Loch Assynt is the largest of the scattered lochs. Most are oligotrophic and contain a submerged flora and restricted fauna typical of nutrient-poor conditions. The lochs are important for breeding Black-throated Divers Gavia arctica, whilst surrounding upland habitats support a wide range of typical upland birds throughout the year. 


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:
During the breeding season;
Black-throated Diver Gavia arctica, 7 pairs representing at least 4.4% of the breeding population in Great Britain (1986-1996)



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