Client: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
Loch Lomond has the largest surface area of any waterbody in Great Britain and it receives high numbers of visitors all the year round. Over many years, a public debate has taken place about visitor pressure, including conflicts of interest between different types of activity on the loch. nes undertook a major review of the ecological impacts of boating and associated activities on the loch and its shores for the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority (LLTNPA)
The overall aim of the study was to provide a summary of current knowledge on the impacts of vessels on the ecology of the loch, which formed an evidence base to support the byelaw review process.
A comprehensive collation and assessment of available information from the published literature on the ecological effects of boating and related activities relevant to Loch Lomond, was carried out, along with a collation of existing wildlife and habitat survey records for Loch Lomond and its shores. An analysis and evaluation of the boating and related impacts on the ecology and biodiversity of the loch was then undertaken.