Flemington Loch, Scotland

Loch Flemington is a high alkalinity, eutrophic loch located near the city of Inverness in Scotland. The loch has a surface area of approximately 15 hectares and is very shallow, with a mean depth of only 0.75m and a maximum depth of 2.35m. 

The loch is situated within the Kildrummie Kames Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is host to three European Protected Species (the Slavonian Grebe, the rare aquatic plant Slender Naiad and the Great Crested Newt). The loch has become increasingly eutrophic in recent years with the result that water quality has deteriorated significantly and the conservation status of the loch is under threat.

Twenty five tonnes of Phoslock were applied to the loch in March 2010 in an effort to reduce the internal phosphorus loading in the Loch. The measure was undertaken as part of a restoration project being conducted by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Edinburgh. Monthly post-application monitoring to assess the effects of the application on the site will continue for at least a year. 

Phoslock application at Flemington loch 1Phoslock application at Flemington loch 2Phoslock application at Flemington loch 3

Downloadable documents

Poster by CEH (pdf icon 1Mb)

Risk assessment by CEH (pdf icon 371Kb)

External links

CEH (Center for Ecology and Hydrology)