Loch Ruthven

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Loch Ruthven

Loch Ruthven is a large loch which lies to the southeast of Loch Ness in the Inverness-shire. It is two and a quarter miles long, extends over an area of 368 acres and is up to 42 feet deep.[1]

This water is the most important breeding site in the United Kingdom for Slavonian grebes, and it has the highest populations of this species in Britain: bigger indeed than almost any in Europe. These rare birds can also be found in several other local lochs. The RSPB has established a reserve at Loch Ruthven.

Loch Ruthven was designated a Ramsar site on 31 August 1992.[2]


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  1. Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909, Murray & Pullar
  2. Loch Ruthven: Ramsar Sites Information Service