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Loch of Hundland
Hundland loch
Loch of Hundland
Loch of Hundland looking south west over pasture towards the loch. The water in the distance is the Loch of Boardhouse.
Type Freshwater loch
Primary outflows Burn of Kirbuster
Basin countries Scotland
Max. length 1.3 mi (2.1 km)
Max. width 0.5 mi (0.80 km)
Surface area 100.8 ha (0.389 sq mi)
Average depth 4 ft (1.2 m)
Max. depth 7 ft (2.1 m)
Water volume 51,000,000 cu ft (1,400,000 m3)
Surface elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Islands 6 islets

The Loch of Hundland is a shallow freshwater loch in the parish of Birsay in the north west of the mainland of Orkney, Scotland. The loch lies between the larger lochs of Swannay and Boardhouse and acts as the main water catchment for Loch of Boardhouse. It has a great variety of aquatic plants including species that are unusual locally and nationally, and many types of birds including waders, gulls, larks and ducks that nest or use the loch. It is also popular for trout fishing.

The loch was surveyed in 1906 by James Murray and later charted as part of the Bathymetrical Survey of Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland 1897-1909.

Climate data for Orkney: Loch of Hundland, 28m asl, 1981–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 6.4
(43.5)
6.4
(43.5)
7.6
(45.7)
9.9
(49.8)
12.5
(54.5)
14.3
(57.7)
16.5
(61.7)
16.2
(61.2)
14.1
(57.4)
11.4
(52.5)
8.6
(47.5)
6.9
(44.4)
10.9
(51.6)
Average low °C (°F) 1.4
(34.5)
1.0
(33.8)
2.0
(35.6)
3.4
(38.1)
5.5
(41.9)
7.7
(45.9)
10.1
(50.2)
9.8
(49.6)
8.3
(46.9)
6.1
(43)
3.4
(38.1)
1.8
(35.2)
5.1
(41.2)
Rainfall mm (inches) 118.5
(4.665)
90.5
(3.563)
92.8
(3.654)
59.0
(2.323)
43.4
(1.709)
49.5
(1.949)
56.3
(2.217)
64.6
(2.543)
100.2
(3.945)
124.4
(4.898)
119.0
(4.685)
106.1
(4.177)
1,024.2
(40.323)
Avg. rainy days 21.4 16.9 19.5 13.1 10.2 11.3 10.9 12.0 14.5 19.1 21.5 21.2 191.5
Sunshine hours 25.9 62.1 95.4 150.4 205.6 154.1 135.7 136.4 99.2 73.6 37.0 22.3 1,197.7
Source: metoffice.gov.uk
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