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An Inventory of UK estuaries. Volume 3: North-west Britain 1993


The 'inventory of UK estuaries' series is a seven-volume series which describes the estuaries of the UK, providing information on their size, location, wildlife, national importance and conservation status, using graphs, tables, text and maps.

Volume 3 of the series covers the 33 estuaries on the north-west coast of Britain, between Great Orme in North Wales and Cape Wrath on the north coast of Scotland. The estuaries within this region fall mainly into two groups. In the southern part of the region are the river estuaries and embayments from the Dee Estuary & North Wirral north to the Solway Firth and along the southern shoreline of Dumfries and Galloway. This Liverpool Bay and Solway Firth area includes an interlinked network of large estuaries. North and west of Luce Bay is a coastline formed mostly of older, harder rocks with landforms strongly influenced by glaciation. Here coastlines are strongly indented and large areas of soft sediments are scattered amid the sounds, embayments and sea lochs of shores that are generally rising relative to sea level. In this region there are many sea lochs with insufficient soft shores for inclusion in this inventory, but the estuaries identified within this area are smaller and occur on the west coast of Scotland and the Western Isles.

Please note this volume has been produced from a scan of an original document, and is therefore a large file size. There may also be fluctuations in quality.

Due to the file size of the volume, it has been split into two parts. Part 1 includes the Prelims (Contents, foreword), Sections 1 to 4, and part of Section 5 (descriptions of the estuaries) from 33 (Clwyd Estuary) to 45 (Cree Estuary). Part 2 includes the second part of Section 5 (descriptions of the estuaries), from 46 (Luce Bay) to 65 (Laxdale Estuary).

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 1993··

Buck, A.L. 1993. An Inventory of UK estuaries. Volume 3: North-west Britain, JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 873701 38 1.

Volume 3 of a seven-volume series which provides an inventory of the estuaries of the UK, produced by JNCC's Coastal Conservation Branch.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2023·05·03

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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