SPA description
(information as published 2001)

Castle Loch, Lochmaben

image: SPA location map 


Castle Loch, Lochmaben is located in south-west Scotland about 10 km east of Dumfries. Castle Loch has eutrophic water conditions, with extensive fringes of emergent vegetation dominated by Common Reed Phragmites australis and Reed Sweet-grass Glyceria maxima. These merge into marshy grassland with a wide range of wetland plants, with a further transition to carr woodland with willows, Birch Betula pendula and Alder Alnus glutinosa. An area of mature deciduous woodland has established on the drier ground. Castle Loch is a winter roost for large numbers of the Iceland/Greenland population of Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus. During the day the geese feed outside the SPA on the surrounding farmland. 


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, 5,450 individuals representing at least 2.4% of the wintering Eastern Greenland/Iceland/UK population (5 year peak mean 1991/2 - 1995/6)



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