New guide gives lowdown on loch
The wildlife treasures in and around one of Scotland's most special sea lochs are waiting to be explored following the recent publication of a comprehensive guide to Loch Creran, just north of Oban.

The loch is probably best known for its spectacular red, pink and orange serpulid reefs, an example of an extremely rare habitat, with only three other sites known elsewhere in the world.

However the underwater reefs are just one of many wildlife attractions found in the area and the new guide also takes the reader on a detailed journey round other local highlights. As well as exploring habitats such as shoreline and woodland, the guide describes the geology of Glen Creran, looks at current commercial and leisure activities such as fishing and diving and is peppered with historical facts and footnotes.

Terry Donovan, the local marine biologist who wrote the guide said: "The guide has developed from conversations with those living and working on and around the loch as well as information from a wide range of sources and a fantastic collection of old and recent photos. I've enjoyed putting it together and I hope that it inspires local people and visitors to explore this fascinating place."

Terry initially approached the Marine and Coastal Development Unit at Argyll and Bute Council with the idea of producing a small guide to Loch Creran, working with Barcaldine Primary School and the local community. Having gained the backing of the Local Biodiversity Partnership, the project was funded by Argyll and Bute Council, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the WHELK Leader + programme.

Jane Dodd from Scottish Natural Heritage said:
"Loch Creran is well worth a visit and we hope that the guide will be an invaluable companion, whether you are walking, cycling, sailing, diving or exploring the area from the comfort of your armchair."

Copies of the guide cost 4 and are available directly from Terry Donovan on 01631 720498 or; the SNH office in Oban or from a number of local outlets including Kintalline Mill Farm, Argyll Pottery, the Port Appin shop and the Puffin Dive Centre. A number of guides will be distributed free to local schools and libraries. Money raised from the sale of the guide will be used to fund further marine conservation projects in Argyll and Bute.

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