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Sands of Forvie, Ellon

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The Sands of Forvie is a nature reserve north of Newburgh in Aberdeenshire in the northeast of Scotland. Forvie National Nature Reserve has the fifth largest sand dune system in Britain, and the least disturbed by human activity. The dune system is an integral part of the Ythan Estuary and separated by the estuary from Balmedie beach. The reserve contains large areas of sandy foreshore, mobile and fixed dunes, dune pasture and lowland heath and the successional development of vegetation. The sand dunes are of various stages of evolution and contain marram grass (Ammophila arenaria), red fescue, (Festuca rubra), crowberry, (Empetrum nigrum), the cross-leaved heath (Erica tetralix), common sedge, (Carex nigra), marsh pennywort (Hydrocotyle vulgaris) and the invasive creeping willow (Salix repens ssp. argentea).The reserve contains the largest breeding colony of eider duck in Britain and an internationally important ternery. The area is designated as a Special Protection Area for wildlife conservation purposes. The reserve is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. Stevenson Forvie Centre near Collieston provides information on the reserve.
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  • Such a lovely day we decided to go for a walk at Forvie nature reserve, handy car park by the bridge and a short walk in. Spent over two hours walking around admiring the lovely scenery abd watching s...  more »
  • I have walked the Forvie Nature Reserve often, and each time I find something new to look at. Even on a dull and rainy day it is wonderful. 
  • A fantastic, beautiful, peaceful place to walk and enjoy the wonderful scenery. It really is a beautiful place to be. 
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  • Read the tide table if you wish to see the dolphins
  • Parking in two areas. Lots of walking thru sandy unlevelled terrain, free and seals come here on occasion
  • Don't come here if you are on crutches!
  • Very relaxing
  • I visited the park with my family. An easy and free access, a walk by at the mouth of a river that introduces the sight of a huge sand dune. Cross appears on the North Sea and a huge beach nesting seabirds. Doing some attention we could also see some seals swimming near the shore. A wonderful experience
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