Loch Eye

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Loch Eye
A rowing boat at Loch Eye
A rowing boat at Loch Eye
LocationHighland (council area), Scotland
Nearest cityInverness
Coordinates57°47′30″N 3°58′00″W / 57.791667°N 3.966667°W / 57.791667; -3.966667Coordinates: 57°47′30″N 3°58′00″W / 57.791667°N 3.966667°W / 57.791667; -3.966667
Area2.05 km2 (0.79 sq mi)[1]
Established1 October 1986 [2]
Governing bodyScottish Natural Heritage

Loch Eye is a shallow freshwater loch, located close to the east coast of Scotland between the Moray Firth, Dornoch Firth and Cromarty Firth. Covering an area of 205 hectares, it is an important site for waterfowl and has been protected since 1986 as a Ramsar Site,[3] a Special Protection Area[2] and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.[4]

Loch Eye is nutrient rich, and one of the most important eutrophic lochs north of the Highland boundary fault.[4] It supports internationally important over-wintering populations of waterfowl, in particular whooper swans and Icelandic greylag geese.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joint Nature Conservation Committee. "UK Loch Eye 13031 RIS 2006" (PDF). Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Loch Eye SPA". Nature Scotland. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Loch Eye". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Loch Eye". Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Retrieved 3 April 2019.