Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch

Year of compilation: 2007

Site description
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.

Key biodiversity

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch. Downloaded from on 18/08/2022.