An ever-changing landscape
The landscape at Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve (NNR) changes almost as you watch. The reserve has the full spectrum of coastal habitats – from constantly moving sand at the edge of the sea to the colourful dune heathland. Seals haul themselves out of the water to watch the world go by, and hungry birds feed on the rich mix of food in the mudflats.
Inland, discover the hidden gem of Morton Loch, a mosaic of wetland and woodland. Here, search for birds, such as the shy teal dabbling at the water’s edge, and the elusive otter.
Whether you want to explore the paths and trails, take a leisurely walk along the beach or lookout for rarities in one of the bird hides, Tentsmuir has it all.
Update 16 December 2022 - Morton Lochs car park and trails are now open again. However due forestry operations there is no access to the wider Tentsmuir NNR from here. Further harvesting works are planned starting 3rd January 2023, visit the Forestry and Land Scotland website for details and a map of the planned works. Please adhere to on site signage and diversions.
Find out more about visiting Tentsmuir NNR.
- Watch waders and wildfowl gathering at Tentsmuir Point.
- Spot the colourful flash of kingfishers at Morton Lochs.
- At dusk, you could spot up to five species of bat.
- Follow our trails to explore the beaches, lochs and woods.
- Watch seals resting on the sandbanks.
- Explore the Time Line Trail to discover fascinating history.
Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.
Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.
Reserve manager: Marijke Leith
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Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.
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