Lochs & Freshwater Advice

The rivers and lochs of the Cairngorms are of great importance locally, nationally and internationally. A number of innovative and proactive partnership projects are working in the Cairngorms National Park to further the conservation of our outstanding Lochs and Freshwater. 

They have numerous national and international conservation designations for their biodiversity and high quality of freshwater habitats.Compared to other water bodies in the UK, the freshwaters of the Cairngorms have a high degree of 'naturalness' and are largely in good condition. Most of the area's water is considered to be of excellent quality, and many of these freshwater areas are internationally recognised for their important habitats and species and are used as a benchmark against which others are judged.


Further details of the projects underway to conserve and enhance these habitats, along with more general help and advice on lochs and freshwater can be found here. Further detailed info on projects can be found by clicking on the individual projects names below:


Dee Catchment Partnership


Spey Catchment Initiative


River South Esk Catchment Partnership

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