Lochs Duich Long and Alsh NCMPA - designation documents

Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh Nature Conservation MPA is home to Scotland’s largest known flame shell bed.

Loch Duich summary front cover

The NCMPA was designated to protect both this exceptional flame shell bed and areas of burrowed mud with spectacular fireworks anemones.

The NCMPA complements a Special Area of Conservation that safeguards the lochs’ reef systems.

Conservation objectives

Conserve the protected features of the Lochs Duich, Loch and Alsh NCMPA

Protected features


  • burrowed mud
  • flame shell beds

Related links

Lochs Duich, Long and Alsh Nature Conservation Marine Protected Area Order 2014

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