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Tentsmuir Beach in the snow


Tentsmuir Point National Nature Reserve is located east of Tayport in Scotland, between the Firth of Tay and the Eden estuary, to the south. It has a variety of habitats, from lochs, to forest and beach.


Notable Species

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Morton Loch from the rail hide, March 2009


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Birds you can see here include:

Snow Bunting , Common Crossbill, Common Kingfisher, European Stonechat, Common Buzzard, Eider, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Eurasian Curlew, Robin, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Carrion Crow

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

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Tentsmuir Beach

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

Morton Lochs
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North Loch, Autumn 2009

There are two accessible lochs, the North loch having three hides with one at the South loch. The lochs are divided by the road leading to the car park (free).

Nearby Sites of Interest

Kilconquhar Loch

Kilconquhar Loch is a freshwater loch, with an ongoing birding presence, near a town by that same name in the Fife area.

The pronunciation of Kilconquhar is not what one might think, based upon the spelling of it, but correctly pronounced is, instead, Kin-nuchar. [5]

Eden Estuary

Eden Estuary and Tayport

Access and Facilities

  • Tentsmuir Point National Nature Reserve is located 2.5 miles east of Tayport, which is 1.5 miles north of the Forestry Commission car park. It is signposted Kinshaldy Beach.
  • Open all year
  • Access is available along the shore from the Forestry Commission’s Kinshaldy car park, and also along the foreshore from Tayport. There are also several gateways leading into Tentsmuir Point from the easternmost forestry road through Tentsmuir Forest.
  • Morton Lochs are accessible off the Tayport/Leuchars road (B945), south of Tayport

Contact Details

Scottish Natural Heritage
Fetterdale Office
Tentsmuir Forest
By Tayport
Fife DD6 9PF
Tel: 01382 553704

External Links

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