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A reserve on the southern shores of the Moray Firth, Culbin Sands has the largest sand-dune system in Britain, much of which is afforested. In addition there are sandflats and saltmarsh, shingle bars and spits.


Notable Species

Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover and Common Redshank breed, as well as Common Tern, Little Tern and Common Eider.

In winter the area is important for waders with large numbers of Oystercatcher and Ringed Plover, Red Knot, Dunlin, Common Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwit and Eurasian Curlew.

Waterfowl also winter in numbers, especially Mallard,Common Shelduck and Greylag Goose and Red-breasted Merganser, Long-tailed Duck and scoters offshore. Snow Bunting is a regular winter visitor.


Birds you can see here include:

Greylag Goose, Common Shelduck, Common Teal, Mallard, Common Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Common Ringed Plover, Red Knot, Dunlin, Bar-tailed Godwit, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Common Tern, Little Tern, Snow Bunting

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

The reserve is reached via a minor road past the golf course at Kingsteps, 1.6km east of Nairn.

Grid Ref: NH900576

Contact Details

Tel: 01463 715000

External Links

Content and images originally posted by Steve