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Spiggie, Loch of

A sizeable loch, Special Protection Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest in the south of the Shetland Mainland, the Loch of Spiggie lies to the west of South Scousburgh and Longfield. It was once an inlet of Muckle Sound, on the west coast of the island, but is now separated by sand dunes. This shallow loch has been designated a nature reserve due to its importance for wildfowl, especially a nationally significant wintering population of Icelandic whooper swans (Cygnus cygnus). Designated a Special Protection Area in 1997, it is owned and managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Popular with anglers fishing for trout, the loch is also home to otters and several plants that are rare in Shetland. The adjacent Loch of Brow also forms part of the protected area.


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