See a wonderful mix of species and habitats
Greenlee Lough is one of the most important wetland sites in Britain and Europe. It contains unusual aquatic plantlife including several types of pondweed and stonewort (types of algae thriving in very clean water). This has led to its designation as a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve.
One of the Roman Wall loughs, this reserve is owned by Northumberland National Park Authority and is also a Northumberland Wildlife Trust reserve.
The site contains a mix of habitats beyond the open water of the Lough including carr woodland, bog and grassland. There is a good variety of water plants including 11 species of pondweed and stonewort. Around the margins are areas of reed bed with other plants including bog bean and marsh cinquefoil. The Lough is used extensively by wildfowl and waders that feed in the shallow waters and wetlands.
Find out more about the area with our Greenlee Lough Guide.