Abernethy Forest

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Abernethy Forest

Abernethy Forest

Abernethy Forest extends to 12,795 hectares and is located on the southern fringe of the Spey Valley to the north of the Cairngorm massif in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. It is the largest remaining tract of native pinewood in Britain and is characterised by its great variety of topography and habitats. The River Nethy flows northwards through the eastern margin of the forest, creating an additional variety of conditions through the processes of erosion and deposition along its channel. The forest has developed on undulating glacial deposits, with Loch Garten and many pools (and their surrounding valley mires) found within the lowest areas. In contrast, the higher ground opens out in places to Heather Calluna vulgaris-Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi heaths and there is an extensive shrub layer of Juniper Juniperus communis in many places. Although some undisturbed high forest remains, much of the woodland has been managed, although the presence of old pines and glades creates a semi-natural structure and vegetation composition in many areas. There are many plants and animals present that are characteristic of native pinewoods, as well as rich assemblages associated with wetlands and species typical of northern heaths. The forest is being extended southwards by pine regeneration on higher ground, encouraged by sympathetic conservation management. Abernethy Forest supports large populations of breeding woodland birds associated with northern pinewoods and their glades, including Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus and Scottish Crossbill Loxia scotica (Britain's only endemic bird species), and Crested Tit Parus christatus (below). The large and varied area of semi-natural vegetation at Abernethy supports several species of raptors, including nesting Osprey (Pandion haliaetus).

Species list for Abernethy Forest Area 2005 - 2009

Species list for Abernethy Forest Area 2005 - 2009

Species list for all months for Abernethy Forest at grid ref NJ0216 and surrounding 2km buffer squares Click BTO Birdtrack banner.(opens new window)

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