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Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Award date: 22.05.83
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Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve

Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve lies 80 kilometres west of Inverness just outside the village of Kinlochewe. The reserve is home to the largest remaining area of ancient Caledonian pinewood in the West of Scotland, and boasts an outstanding diversity of habitats, wildlife, geology and spectacular scenery. The reserve includes the 8 kilometre long ridge of Beinn Eighe. Its rugged slopes support one of the UK’s best areas of species-rich moss heath and prostrate juniper heath. Rare lichens, liverworts and mosses flourish from the high peaks to the mild, damp woodlands. Golden eagles also soar over the mountain ridges and below the tree line, pine marten, crossbills and northern emerald dragonfly make their home in the ancient pinewoods, and black grouse have been recorded for the first time following woodland expansion. The Reserve also includes over sixty islands in Loch Maree.

The reserve lies within the Wester Ross National Scenic Area (NSA) and contains three Geological Conservation Review (GCR) sites.  It has held a Council of Europe Diploma since 1983.


For information:

The Reserve Manager 
Scottish Natural Heritage 
By Achnasheen 
IV22 2PD

 +44 01463 701660

 [email protected]

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2013 annual report No report received
2014 annual report 11/12/2014
2015 annual report 26/11/2015
2016 annual report 22/11/2016
2017 annual report 08/12/2017
2018 annual report 23/11/2018
2019 annual report 27/11/2019
2020 annual report     09/12/2020
2021 annual report   08/12/2021
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