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Sands of Forvie, Ellon

#4 of 29 in Wildlife in Aberdeenshire
Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Forvie National Nature Reserve is a national nature reserve that is owned and managed by NatureScot. It is located north of Newburgh in Aberdeenshire, in the northeast of Scotland. The reserve includes the Sands of Forvie, which are 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, which also forms part of the reserve, and separates the sands from Balmedie beach.

The reserve contained at one point the largest breeding colony of breeding eider duck in Britain and while they are still a protected feature of the reserve the eider colony suffered dramatic losses starting in 2006 and the subsequent years. The reserve also hosts an internationally important ternery and a protected seal haul-out containing both common seals and grey seals, predominantly the latter.
The area is designated as a both a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation under the Natura 2000 scheme, as well as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest.> The site is designated a Category II protected area by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The sands were the site of the village of Forvie that was abandoned due to drifting sands.
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  • This is a must to visit if you are in the area as there is so much wild life to see and the dunes are also extensive.  more »
  • First visit to the area and enjoyed an excellent walk round the Forvie National Nature Reserve. We parked at the Visitor Centre which has an interesting display together with a self service video...  more »
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