The Firth of Tay, Angus and Dundee

The Firth of Tay
The Firth of Tay is a large estuary on the east coast of Scotland, although it is the smallest of the major Scottish firths. It is 23 miles in length and relatively narrow because of sandbanks. It spreads to a maximum width of three miles at Invergowrie, just to the west of Dundee . The Firth of Tay is the estuary of the the River Tay and it extends eastwards from the point marked by the confluence of the Rivers Earn and Tay. It meets the North Sea beyond Buddon Ness in Angus and Tentsmuir Point in Fife . The Tay Road Bridge and Tay Railway Bridge cross the firth at the City of Dundee, the main port and centre of population on the estuary. The upper reaches of the estuary are rich with reed beds, mostly planted in the 18th century in an effort to slow the erosion of the river banks. They are now the largest beds in the UK, with an area of more than 1977 acres. This represents 15% of the total of all reed beds in the Britain. With so much marshland drained for agriculture, the Tay reed beds now represents a rare and valuable habitat. There is one major island in the Firth of Tay, the marshy Mugdrum Island.

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