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Scotlandís 647 beaches go online
21/06/2006
Scotlandís 647 beaches go online

Scotlandís most beautiful beaches are part of the one of the most comprehensive environmental surveys ever undertaken of Scotlandís sand beaches, which is launched on the web for the first time today by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

From the particle size of sand on the idyllic Luskentyre beach in Harris, to the spectacular sand dunes of Forvie (Aberdeenshire), information on the size and features of Scotlandís 647 sandy beaches is now available from The Beaches of Scotland reports online or ordered through SNH publications.

According to reports, the longest areas of sandy beach are in Strathclyde and the Western Isles (118.4km and 145.2 km respectively), while the Borders and Shetland have the shortest lengths (2.8km and 14.6km). Beaches in the North, South and West all showed a high proportion of erosion due to sea level rise.

The reports are electronic versions of the original historic studies carried out during 1969-1981, of all Scotlandís sand beaches, including their associated dunes, links and machair areas.

Alistair Rennie, advisory officer at SNH said:
ďThese reports provide detailed information on Scotlandís incredible array of sandy beaches. They were originally written to help assess suitability of Scotlandís beaches for tourism, but they have become the definitive comparative study of our beaches that are extremely valuable in the own right. They are particularly useful for anyone whose work involves surveying beaches, but will also be of interest to people who want to find out a bit more about their favourite beach or the number and type of beaches in their area.Ē

The reports profile all the main features and processes occurring on each beach, such as sand dunes, any historic information about how the beach was formed and the level of erosion. They also look at development or land management of beaches in the area and potential for future development, particularly in relation to tourism. The reports are regarded as an essential historic record of beaches for any comparative studies.

To view Beaches of Scotland online click here

For more information contact Sarah Roe, National Press and PR officer, SNH Tel: 0131 446 2270 M: 07787 836010