Lindean Loch

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Lindean Loch

Lindean Loch is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) consisting of open water, fen, pasture, young deciduous woodland and some mature Scots pine. Over 600 plant and animal species have been found in and around Lindean. The loch attracts breeding wildfowl and the woods and grasslands a variety of songbirds. There are many native flowering plants on site as well as insects and butterflies including Scotch Argus and Green Fritillary.

During the 18th century, lime rich clay called marl was dug out to use as fertiliser. The resulting hole in the ground formed what is now Lindean Loch. In the 20th century Lindean was dammed for use as a public water supply which provided water for nearby communities until the 1970’s.


In the grasslands you may spot Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Yellowhammer, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet and Goldfinch.  Also on site are Skylark, Kestrel and Barn Owl. In woodland areas you may see Wren, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Fieldfare, Redwing and Tree creeper.

Species of wildfowl breeding on the loch include: Tufted Duck, Mallard, Little Grebe, Moorhen and Coot. In winter, Teal, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye and Mallard are usually present.

Mammals include: Roe Deer, Otter, Red Fox, Stoat, Bats, Badger and Hare

Best times to visit are spring, early summer and autumn


There is a bird hide (NT503292) on the south side of the loch and access to wooden jetty close to roadside parking. A path extends all the way around the loch. Lindean Loch can also be reached from the Borders Abbeys Way (Selkirk to Melrose section) via a bridleway on the north side.


Lindean Loch is situated between Selkirk and St Boswells on theA699 or via the A7 between Selkirk and Galashiels.

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Lindean Loch
Common Frog, Stuart Scott Images