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  Sea Life  in Cowal Discover Cowal’s marine wildlife Go explore Accessing this beautiful part of the National Park is much easier than you think. There are regular ferry crossings from Greenock to Hunters Quay in Dunoon, making Cowal easily accessible from Glasgow. Once in Dunoon you can travel by car, bus, or for the more adventurous, boat or kayak to each of the lochs. If you are travelling by road you would take the A82 from Glasgow, then follow the A83 over the Rest and be Thankful on to the A815. This is a particularly scenic route which buses also follow. You can nd further information on public transport routes by contacting Traveline Scotland at or tel: 0871 200 2233. Wireweed Wireweed is an invasive non-native seaweed that has recently arrived in Scotland. Please help us to track its spread by reporting any sightings to: Carpet sea squirt Carpet sea-squirt (Didemnum vexillum)  is a highly invasive non-native marine animal that could threaten conservation, shing and the shellsh industry. Please report any sightings to: Help protect our special shores A number of species found in our sea lochs are not native and can be a threat to our native wildlife. If you spot any of the following please let us know. Be aware.   Before you gowildlife watching learn as much as you can about the animals. Understand how your actions could aect wildlife and recognise the signs that animals make when they feel threatened. Be alert, observant and patient, and be sensitive to the interest of the wildlife you are watching. Take responsibility  for your own actions. Constantly assess wildlife, and if you see signs of disturbance move away quietly. Consider how much time you spend watching animals. The presence of people over long periods can be disturbing, however careful you may be. Have respect  for other people, wildlife and the environment. Use your right of responsible access wisely. Respect the privacy and livelihoods of those who live by the sea. Leave the environment as you nd it.  Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park has a total of 39 miles of coastline around three sea lochs in Argyll - Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Holy Loch.   These deep dark lochs, formed over 10,000 years ago by the action of glaciers, with their steep, often mountainous sides, provide the dramatic scenery which make this part of the Park so special. The very nature of our sea lochs with their deep basins, shallow sills and sheltered shores make them ideal habitats for a wide variety of wildlife. Follow our guide to exploring these untouched shores and discover the abundance of marine life on oer in this very special place. Butterfsh Buttersh can be found all around our shores hiding under rocks or amongst seaweed. They are very well camouaged so are hard to nd and, as their name suggests, they are very slippery Anemones These beautiful creatures are animals, not plants. Anemones can move around on their single foot. They collect food drifting in the current, or catch a small sh or prawn that’s unlucky enough to touch its tentacles. . Discover Cowal’s marine wildlife Whale and dolphin spotting If you’re lucky enough to spot a porpoise, dolphin or whale we would love to know about it. Please make a note of your sighting, what you saw, where and when you saw it. This information will help us to study their populations and distribution. The easiest way to report a sighting and log this information is to visit Discover beach life The shorelines around our sea lochs are home to a diverse range of creatures. Use this guide to help you try and spot some as you explore the rock pools found in and around our three sea lochs. Hermit Crabs Hermit crabs don’t have hard shells like other crabs. Instead they make their homes in the discarded shells of other creatures. They search out a new home as they outgrow their shells. Starfsh Many species of starsh are found in the sea lochs. They move around using hundreds of tiny tube feet found under each leg.  Redshank  Discover Cowal’s Marine Wildlife Disco ver Sea birds  You can nd man y di  eren t birds en jo ying  the rich and varied habi ta ts o f  our sea lochs, and mos t o f   them are  visible all  year round.  You can o f  ten see redshanks hun ting f or insec ts in  the mud  a ts o f   the Hol y Loch. O ys terca tchers, (inse t pic ture)  wi th  their brigh t coloured bills can be spo t ted scouring  the shores  f or mussels and cockles, and  the nois y herring gull is sure  to be heard as i t looks  f or  f ood around the shores.  Throughou t  the  year black guillemo ts, ganne ts (main pic ture) and eider ducks can also be spo t ted searching  f or some thing  tas t y  to ea t.  Discover Loch Long The sandy beach at Ardentinny is one of the most attractive in the area with beautiful views of Loch Long. It’s a great place for spotting a wide variety of wildlife with an abundance of creatures to be found in the small rock pools and in amongst the exposed seaweed. Eider ducksGannetsSealsPorpoise Starsh Crabs Buttersh. Discover Holy Loch The River Echaig washes tons of silt down from the hills and it collects in deep mudats around the shores. These mudats make the Holy Loch one of the best places in Cowal to spot sea birds as they dive, dabble, stalk and forage for marine worms and other food. There is also a bird hide at Broxwood Local Nature Reserve which lies just outside the National Park on the way to Dunoon. Eider ducksGannetsSeals Black Guillemot  Ar dentinn y  Look i ng  nor t h u  p Loc h Long H ol  y  Loc h Loch Goil  Ar r oc har  Waverley Bottlenose dolphinsBeadlet anemone Lazaretto Point - Holy Loch      L    O    C     H      F     Y     N     E FIRTH OF CLYDE         G       O       I       L       L      O      C      H H  O  L Y    L O  C  H   L       O       C        H         L       O       M        O       N        D              L     O     C      H       L     O      N     G      L     O     C      H       L     O      N     G G         A        R        E          L       O        C        H         Discover Loch Goil Visitors have long been attracted to the rugged landscape of Loch Goil, reminiscent of the Norwegian fjords. In the 1840’s tourists would visit the area by steamship. Today a visit by boat or kayak is still a great way to see Loch Goil’s wildlife. Waders Otters Seals Porpoise © Cro wn cop yrigh t and da tabase righ t 2013. All righ ts reser ved. Ordnance Sur ve y Licence number 100031883NO T TO BE USED FOR NA VIGA TION   F er r  y  to Hunter s Qua y 
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