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Loch of Swannay

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Type  Freshwater loch
Basin countries  Scotland
Max. width  0.66 mi (1.06 km)
Surface elevation  43 m
Mean depth  3.7 m
Width  1.06 km
Primary outflows  Swannay burn
Max. length  2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface area  233.4 ha (0.901 sq mi)
Area  233 ha
Length  3.2 km
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The Loch of Swannay is the most northerly loch on the mainland of Orkney and lies within the parish of Birsay in the north west of the island. It is an elliptically shaped, freshwater loch and is close to the lochs of Hundland and Boardhouse. The grassland at the shore of the loch is the main feeding area for a wintering flock of rare Greenland white-fronted geese and the rare flat-stalked pondweed is found in the waters. Many varieties of birds use and nest in the loch including mute swans, skylarks, meadow pipits, twites, gulls and sedge warblers. It is also popular for trout fishing.

Map of Loch of Swannay, Orkney, UK

The loch was surveyed in 1906 by James Murray and later charted as part of the Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.

References

Loch of Swannay Wikipedia


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