Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve



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The coastline of the Tentsmuir NNR is constantly changing, extending in places by up to 16ft a year, while elsewhere, the dune edge is being eroded away. Because the reserve is continually evolving, you can witness the ongoing battle between habitats as they change from bare sand to heather-covered dune heaths. Common and grey seals haul themselves out of the water to bask in the sun, while inland, the hidden gem of Morton Loch with its fringing fen vegetation and woodland, is home to birds like the shy teal, which dabbles at the water’s edge. Winter visitors include whooper swans and eider duck,while the mudflats provide rich pickings for birds like the elegant bar-tailed godwit. There’s a dazzling mix of wildflowers in the slacks, including bird’s foot trefoil, grass of parnassus and northern marsh orchid.

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve


About the area

Discover Fife

This 20-mile wide peninsula between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay is an ancient kingdom, once the home of Scotland’s kings and saints. Despite its modern bridges it still seems curiously detached from the rest of the country. Travelling along Fife’s grand coastline reveals a fascinating legacy of caves, castles, and ancient fishing ports. Blend coast and countryside by following stretches of the Fife Coastal Path, or take an exhilarating trek in the Fife Regional Park.

St Andrews has a unique place in Scotland’s heritage. According to legend, the city was founded by St Regulus in the 4th century, who was carrying relics of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, when his ship was wrecked off the coast. Thereafter, the town grew as an important religious centre, eventually home to the largest church in Scotland, now an attractive ruin, with the powerful bishops wielding great influence over church and state. Today, St Andrews is famous for its university, the oldest in Scotland, and as a world golfing mecca. The Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club claims to have 15th century origins and to play a round on these hallowed links is many golfers’ dream.

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