July 15, 2008

Scotland’s Uncharted Waters Get Surveyed

THE waters surrounding Scotland's most remote National Nature Reserves (NNRs) will be charted for the first time when Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) conducts a marine survey of the area next week.

North Rona is one of Scotland's most isolated island outposts, sitting 47 miles out in the Atlantic northeast of the Butt of Lewis.

Despite its NNRs designation, the marine environment of the island has never been fully surveyed.

SNH hopes to explore North Rona's reefs, caves and gullies during the initial eight-day sweep of the island.

The Orkney survey craft Ocean Explorer has been chartered for the project.

Now uninhabited, ph ysical evidence and the Gaelic place names of the landscape reveal former inhabitants.

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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