NH7798 : Loch Fleet taken from The Mound causeway

taken 18 years ago, near to Little Torboll, Highland, Great Britain

Loch Fleet taken from The Mound causeway
Loch Fleet taken from The Mound causeway
Loch Fleet, a National nature Reserve, was once a wide-open bay, embracing a sea loch that reached as far inland as Rogart. Southward-sweeping currents gradually dragged shingle across the loch entrance, and reduced the mouth to a narrow channel through which currents race in and out twice every 24 hours.

These tides led the Vikings to name the loch ‘fljotr’, the Old Norse word for ‘flood’ (in Gaelic it is still known as Loch Fleoid). Each rising tide scatters fine particles from sea and river across the shallows, carrying food for small plants and animals that live there. Each ebb pulls back the covers from the loch bed, exposing rich pickings for other wildlife.

The loch’s northwestern boundary represents a historic piece of civil engineering. The Mound Causeway was built by Thomas Telford in 1816 and has provided a secure foundation for a road crossing of the estuary ever since. Large sluice gates at its northern end allow salmon and sea trout to migrate past the Mound to and from spawning areas upriver. (From the Scottish Natural Heritage web site)
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Date Taken
July 2000   (more nearby)
Saturday, 27 August, 2005
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WGS84: 57:57.5329N 4:4.3126W
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