A bed of horse mussels off the Caithness coast is the largest in Scotland, according to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Marine biologists measured the site off Noss Head, near Wick, at almost 1.5 sq miles (4 sq km).

SNH said horse mussel beds provided shelter and feeding grounds for young fish, such as cod.

The site off Caithness is among the three largest beds of horse mussels in the UK.


Period18 Dec 2012