River Ythan

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The Ythan /ˈθən/ is a river in the north-east of Scotland rising at Wells of Ythan near the village of Ythanwells and flowing south-eastwards through the towns of Fyvie, Methlick and Ellon before flowing into the North Sea near Newburgh, in Formartine.[1]

The mouth of the River Ythan, draining into the North Sea near Newburgh

The lower reach of the river is known as the Ythan Estuary, is a part of the River Ythan, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch Special Protection Area for conservation, particularly the breeding ground of three tern species (common tern, little tern and Sandwich tern) (Lumina, 2004).[2]

The River Ythan has a length of 60 kilometres (37 mi) and a catchment area of 680 km2 (260 sq mi).[1] As figures of the discharge, 6 m3 (210 cu ft)/s are given[3] or 7.2 m3 (250 cu ft)/s.[4]