Loch Ruthven

Country/territory: United Kingdom

IBA criteria met: C6 (2007)
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Area: 200 ha

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 favourable high high
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Site description (2007 baseline)
Loch Ruthven is located in the north-central Highlands of Scotland about 20 km south of Inverness. It is a mesotrophic loch with rocky margins and extensive stands of Carex rostrata around much of the perimeter. A marshy zone is found at the west end of the loch where there is a transition from open water, through swamp and fen, to sedge-rich acidic grassland. The loch supports an important breeding population of Podiceps auritus.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Loch Ruthven. Downloaded from on 09/12/2023.