- Kilconquhar Loch
lake_name = Kilconquhar Loch
coords = Coord|56|12|20|N|2|49|40|W|region:GB_type:waterbody|display=inline,title
type = freshwater
basin_countries = United Kingdom
Kilconquhar Loch is a Scottish freshwater
loch. The accepted, and local, pronunciation of both the adjacent village bearing the name and this loch, can be phoneticised as "Kinneuchar".
This small shallow loch is a
Site of Special Scientific Interest(SSSI) and is located beside the aforementioned village of the same name in East Fife, within two or three miles of the coastal village of Elie.
It is an approximate rounded square in shape, and is unusual in that it has no visible inflow or outflow, yet is not . It is the subject of a study by
St. Andrews University. It has been theorised that an underground spring feeds into the loch, maintaining a degree of freshness sufficient to offset its stagnation.
In former times it was reported to produce large pike and
eels, although this is now no longer verifiable as no fishing is allowed, due to its SSSI status.
Large numbers of
overwintering wildfowl use Kilconquhar Loch as a roost.
It was charted during the "Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland", constructed under the direction of Sir
John Murrayand Laurence Pullarduring the years 1897 to 1909. [ [http://www.nls.uk/maps/early/record.cfm?id=2213 Maps of Scotland 1560-1928 - National Library of Scotland ] ]
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