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Standing Waters Database

We manage the Standing Waters Database, which includes aquatic plant and other data from more than 3,000 Scottish lochs.

Visit the Standing Waters Database

Search the database for a specific loch to view survey maps for that loch and to download a list of the aquatic plants recorded there. You can search by site name or using a map.

You can also view the summary Lake Assessment for Conservation (LACON) score on any survey page to better understand the conservation value of the surveyed loch.

Other details provided for each loch include:

  • surface area and altitude of the loch
  • water chemistry data
  • links to designated site information
  • a link to the UK Lakes Portal for information on physical and chemical parameters, plus biological data for the lake and its surrounding catchment

The database also holds information for some lakes in England and Wales.


Alison Lee
Standing Waters Database Manager
Email: [email protected]