Western Sea Lochs

Sea lochs form part of the dramatic glaciated scenery of the west coast of Scotland. Deep basins, scoured out by glaciers during the last ice ages, are protected from the waves of the open sea by tidal narrows and shallow sills. The surrounding land is frequently steep and rocky heather clad heath and semi-natural broadleaf woodland, part of the celtic rainforest.

Whilst sea lochs may not have the large numbers of wildfowl and shorebirds found on the large sandy firths and estuaries in other parts of Scotland a good range of species is still present. At low tide rather than vast mudflats and sandbanks a much stonier seaweed covered substrate is exposed. All mammals and most birds are present year round whilst others such as Great Northern Divers, grebes and some of the shorebirds are absent in high summer.

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