The Ecology of Scotland’s Largest Lochs

Lomond, Awe, Ness, Morar and Shiel

  • Peter S. Maitland

Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 44)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. P. S. Maitland
    Pages 1-27
  3. I. R. Smith, A. A. Lyle, A. J. Rosie
    Pages 29-65
  4. A. E. Bailey-Watts, P. Duncan
    Pages 67-89
  5. A. E. Bailey-Watts, P. Duncan
    Pages 91-118
  6. A. E. Bailey-Watts, P. Duncan
    Pages 119-134
  7. P. S. Maitland, B. D. Smith, G. M. Dennis
    Pages 135-154
  8. B. D. Smith, P. S. Maitland, M. R. Young, M. J. Carr
    Pages 155-203
  9. B. D. Smith, S. P. Cuttle, P. S. Maitland
    Pages 205-222
  10. P. S. Maitland, B. D. Smith, S. M. Adair
    Pages 223-251
  11. P. S. Maitland, I. R. Smith, A. E. Bailey-Watts, B. D. Smith, A. A. Lyle
    Pages 253-283
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 285-297

About this book


Scotland is fortunate in being very richly endowed with natural fresh waters in the form of numerous lochs and rivers. These constitute on the one hand an attractive feature of the landscape and on the other a major resource for industry and recreation. Thus there are about 3800 lochs over4 ha in area and these form approximately 1.0% of the total surface area of Scotland. Com­ parable figures for England and Wales are 1700 lakes and 0.05% of the land surface, and in terms of volume. Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together (Smith & Lyle 1979). Many of the Scottish lochs are large and clean and consequently are particularly valuable in resource terms. The decision as to which are actually the largest lochs is debatable, particularly when the main criteria of greatest surface area, length, volume and depth each gives a different water (Lochs Lomond. Awe, Ness and Morar respectively). These four then are certainly among the largest lochs in the country, but close to them in size come several other large waters, among which is Loch Shiel- which is exceeded in length only by Lochs Awe, Ness and Lomond. These five very large lochs (Frontis­ piece) form the group of waters selected for the comparative studies described in this volume.


ecology fisheries limnology phytoplankton plankton zooplankton

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter S. Maitland
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Terrestrial EcologyEdinburghScotland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8637-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8635-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0077-0639
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