Forvie NNR

Forvie NNR

Forvie National Nature Reserves (NNR) is an amazing coastal reserve on the East Coast of Scotland. Dramatic sand dunes, the Ythan Estuary, coastal heath, beaches and sea cliffs combine to create a fascinating site with a diverse wildlife interest whatever time of year you choose to visit.

In the summer months the reserve is home to one of the most important breeding tern colonies in the UK with up to 3000 pairs of these charismatic seabirds. Other seabirds such as gulls, shags and kittiwakes live all along the coastal part of the reserve.

Throughout the year grey seals make the most of the beaches of Forvie to haul out and rest and at times reach spectacular numbers making it one of the best places in Scotland to view these creatures. .

Eiders are present almost all year round and along with a cast list of waterfowl and waders inhabitat the Ythan estuary making it a birdscape at anytime of the year.

The dunes system and coastal heath provide endless views and wild landscape with a spectacular array of wildflowers and lichens that is a pleasure to walk over.

Forvie is one of a suite of NNRs in Scotland. Scotland’s NNRs are special places for nature, where some of the best examples of Scotland’s wildlife are managed.

Forvie is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage.  Like every NNR it is carefully managed for both nature and people, giving visitors the opportunity to experience our rich natural heritage.  The network of trails, visitor centre and car parks all make Forvie a great reserve for all to explore and enjoy.

For an introduction to the reserve and information on visiting read the Forvie NNR leaflet or have a look at our web pages.  

  • View of dunes at Forvie NNR in evening light