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Sands of Forvie, Ellon

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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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  • Went to forvie sands with the border terrier walking club - about 8 border terriers in all - had a great 2 hour walk - it was a beautiful day which helped - all dogs had a great time on the sand and p...  read more »
  • Lovely walk, topped off by a quick look in the visitor Centre where the lady looked out a squirrel and a killer whale poster/play sheet for my daughter - she loved finding the 'sleeping' fish. 
  • Spent a couple of hours here,great walks in the dunes and woods,viewsgreat car parking excellent and well laid out,good information throughout,well worth a visit. 
  • Parking in two areas. Lots of walking thru sandy unlevelled terrain, free and seals come here on occasion
  • Very relaxing
  • Don't come here if you are on crutches!
  • Beautiful reserve where you can see many birds and seals. Pretty ballads in the dunes.
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