Thanks to Iris Bevan for taking and sharing these photos last summer.
Loch Craignish has ten small seagrass meadows, totalling approx. 1 hectare, and while these seem dense and healthy, they are isolated and fragmented. Over fifty species of fish have been recorded in one meadow along with hundreds of species of invertebrates such as molluscs, shrimp and marine worms. Seagrass is also an important carbon sink as it sequesters carbon thirty-five times faster than rainforest. However, owing to pollution and disturbance of habitat, 95% of the UK’s seagrass meadows have disappeared (Source: Ocean Seagrass Rescue). Local charity Seawilding hopes to start seagrass restoration in Loch Craignish next year, trialing Scotland’s first community-led seagrass restoration at Loch Craignish.