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Leven, Loch

General Information

Description Loch Leven is a kettle-hole lake and the largest nutrient-rich lake in Britain.
Country United Kingdom
Latitude 56° 12' 0" (56.2000)
Longitude -3° 23' 0" (-3.3833)

Physical Characteristics

Surface Area 13.30 km2
Depth Maximum depth: 25.2 m
Type Fresh
Catchment Catchment size: 145.00 km2
Catchment/surface area ratio: 11:1


Economic Value Seventy percent of the lake watershed is rich agricultural land with some intensive poultry farming.
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Description The lake contains several nationally rare species of aquatic flora. The watershed contains damp pasture of national entomological importance.
Designations LakeNet Biodiversity Priority
Ramsar Site
Species of Concern



ILEC Database

Additional Data Sources

Duker, L. and L. Borre. 2001. Biodiversity conservation of the world's lakes: a preliminary framework for identifying priorities. LakeNet Report Series Number 2. Annapolis, Maryland USA.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.
Taub, F.B. (ed.). 1984. Ecosystems of the World 23: Lakes & Reservoirs. Elsevier. New York.

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