Country/territory: United Kingdom
IBA criteria met: A4i, B1i, B2, C2, C3, C6 (2007)
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Area: 1,012 ha
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Site description (baseline)
The long, narrow estuary of the River Ythan runs in a north-south direction, entering the sea 18 km north of Aberdeen. Large tracts of sand-dunes exist either side of the river mouth, which comprises extensive mud and gravel flats. The Sands of Forvie sand-dune system contains a complete range of dune types and supports lichen-rich heath. The IBA is important for breeding seabirds and wintering waterbirds, including an important goose roost at Meikle Loch.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/2638 on 02/06/2023.