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Bird Sightings, Local Flora & Fauna

Eòin agus Fiadh-bheatha

The reserve hosts a range of exceptional flora and fauna.  The loch acts as a vital ‘feeding stop’ for huge numbers of birds migrating to and from their summer breeding grounds in the Artic.  For many of these birds, it is the last place they can feed before their epic northern flights in the spring, and the first land they reach when migrating south again in the Autumn. It is also important for other breeding and feeding birds, including the Corncrake. Calling male Corncrakes use the marshy vegetation at the edge of the loch for early cover.  The reserve aims to conserve and if possible enhance the grassland/machair/bog/wetland/open water habitats and associated fauna.  Check out a list of flora and fauna and bird sightings at Loch Stiapabhat. 




Local Flora


Local Fauna




BirdTrack is an exciting project through a partnership between the BTO, the RSPB, Birdwatch Ireland and the Scottish Ornithologists' Club, that looks at migration movements and distributions of birds throughout Britain and Ireland. It provides facilities for observers to store and manage their own personal records as well as using these to support species conservation at local, regional, national and international scales.

Click on the button below to be taken to the Bird Track page. 

Local Flora

•Bright-leaved Pondweed

•Yellow Iris

•Broad-leaved Pondweed

•Bottle Sedge

•Common Cottongrass

•Red Pondweed


•Sharp Flowered Rush

•Spike Rush


•Creeping Bent

•Small Pondweed

•Floating Sweet Grass

•Soft Rush

•Jointed Rush

•Unbranched Reed

•Lesser Spearwort

•Water Forget-me-not


•Marsh Horsetail

•Marsh Arrow Grass

•Water Horsetail

•Marsh Cinquefoil
•Callitriche Hamulata
•Marsh Pennywort
•Alternative Water-milfoil
•Marsh Speedwell
•Amphibious Bistort
•Marsh Bedstraw
•Blue Water Speedwell
•Marsh Marigold
•Blunt-Leaved Pondweed
•Bog Pondweed
•Ragged Robin
•Yellow Iris

Local Fauna


Birds (sighted)
•Grey Heron
•Mute Swan
•Greylag Geese

•Pink-footed Goose

•Barnacle Geese
•Whooper Swan
•Hooded Crow
•Reed Bunting
•Sedge Warbler
•Golden Plover



•Little Grebe

•Black Headed Gull

•Tufted Duck



•Golden Eagle


•Black-tailed Godwit

•White-tailed Eagle



•Marsh, Bog, Wetland
•Open Water


Mammals and Other

LS Management
IMG_1088 (2)
hare skigersta moorland, Ali Finlayson
ponddipping (2)
Corncrake - RSPB photo
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