Detailed information for Waters of Philorth LNR

What you can see there

  Waters of Philorth LNR
The Waters of Philorth is a small scale estuarine environment which includes a small area of salt marsh and a sand spit. The dunes at Philorth are the youngest of the Fraserburgh system developing on the site in the 1930s and continuing to develop eastwards. The sand dune system holds a lot of vegetation, a saltmarsh section and reed beds which attract a variety of waders, wildfowl and seabirds. The reed beds are important breeding sites providing both shelter and food for the migrating birds. Behind the dune ridge is the more sheltered dune area with increasing diversity of flowering species of plants which attract butterflies such as the Small Cooper and Small Heath. Waters of Philorth is fished using permits.


Aberdeenshire council website


The site is used by the Council Ranger Service working with local schools as the site is readily accessible to a large number of schools in the Fraserburgh area. An education pack has been developed for use by schools linking to 5-14 year Environmental Studies. Activites include sensory walks, bird watching, wild flower hunts, vegetation surveys, sand games, shore rubbish identification, litter surveys and map work. Copies are available from the Ranger Service.


Town House, Low Street, Banff, AB45 1AY, Tel: 01261 813299


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SNH Aberdeen, Viv Gray

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