Sunday, April 29, 2007

Culbin Forest

Culbin Forest, Stretching for 14 Kilometres along the south shore of the Moray Firth, was originally planted by the Forestry Commission between 1922 and 1931 in order to stabilise the sand dunes there. It was mainly Scots and Corsican Pines, but as the felling and replanting takes place, a more diverse forest is being created.

Although there are some areas of dense forest, a large proportion has been thinned out giving the kind of area you see above with wild flowers etc being encouraged to grow. There are also wet areas and ponds to help encourge a wide diversity of animal and insect species.

One of the stabilised sand dunes found in the forest, the Lady Culbin, reaches 29 metres in height whilst the Parabolic Dunes of Maviston reach 15 metres, but have flanks up to 400 metres long making them amongst the largest of their kind in Europe.

1 comment:

Katya said...

Very pretty! I live on 20 acres of hardwoods, but several of my neighbors have red pines that were planted in the 1940's that look a good deal like the pines at Culbin Forest! They grow so straight and tall. Many were lost in a terrible ice storm in 1991, but most survived.