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    Strangford Lough

    by scanos Written Oct 10, 2006

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    Occasionally I take a break from cycling and do a bit of sailing on Strangford Lough which is only 15 miles south of Belfast. Recently, I got some great shots around dusk. The lough is renowned for the diversity of sea life - Seals are quite common around the boats- it has one of the largest cormorant colonies in the world. The lough has some 180 kms of shoreline. It has some 100 or so small islands which are characterised by their basket of eggs - or drumlin- topology. This formation is a result of glacial activity. The National Trust features Kinnard point at the end of the lough which has great wild orchids. In the Autumn, the migration of brent geese can be witnessed, particularly around October - Castle Espie is a good place to witness this. These geese leave the Arctic breeding grounds to make the 3000 mile trip to the lough. They are attracted by the abundance of eelgrass.

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