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General
Data set name

Biological survey of the beach and seabed around the Galloway Creamery Outfall, Loch Ryan, south west Scotland (1987-)

Data holding centreScottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom 1987 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Sixteen sub-tidal and eight inter-tidal sampling sites at the head end of Loch Ryan, south west Scotland (around 54° 54'N, 5degW)

Observations 
Parameters

Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the littoral zone; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the littoral zone; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related ash-free dry weight biomass per unit area of the bed; Sediment grain size parameters

Instruments

In-situ particle sizers; sediment grabs; unconsolidated sediment corers

Description 
Summary

This is an annual survey of 24 sampling points (16 sub-tidal, 8 inter-tidal) at the head end of Loch Ryan. The purpose of the survey is to assess the effects of the Creamery discharge on the Loch by means of a study of the invertebrate communities and particle size characteristics. The invertebrates are identified to species level where possible. Identification and sample sorting quality assessment is through inter-river board ring tests and inter-calibration samples. This is enhanced by attendance at appropriate identification workshops. The best available keys are used and a reference collection is being established.

OriginatorsScottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
Availability 
OrganisationScottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactEnquiries Officer
Address

Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Stirling Office
Strathallan House
Stirling

FK9 4TZ
United Kingdom

Telephone01786 457700
Emailinfo@sepa.org.uk
Administration 
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1098010
Global identifier891
Last revised2009-12-01