Castle Loch

A shallow loch in Dumfries and Galloway, Castle Loch lies on the Gargrie Moor to the west of Mochrum Loch, 6 miles (10 km) southeast of Glenluce. Extending to 92.9 ha (229.5 acres), the average depth is approximately 2m (6½ feet). The loch contains several low-lying rocky islets which host a long-established breeding colony of cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) between March and September. The colony was first recorded in 1663 and is illustrated on an estate map of 1790. It extends to more than 250 breeding pairs and represents the largest inland cormorant breeding colony in the UK.

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