Beinn Eighe

Quick facts

  • European Diploma of Protected Areas (code UK940001)
  • Since 1983
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Administrative region: Not available
  • Surface area: 47 km2 (4684.00 ha)
  • Marine area: Not available

Source and more information: Council of Europe


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Manager Mr David Miller Scottish Natural Heritage Anancaun Kinlochewe Ross-Shire IV22 2PA
Information Scottissh Natural Heritage Gouvernor's House The Parade Fort William Inverness-Shire PH 33 6BA
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General character of the site Mountain heathland in north-west Scotland in the area around Loch Maree, rising to 977 m; it includes remnants of the post-glacial pinewoods of the ancient Caledonian forest. 
Quality Both the pinewood and the montane dwarf shrub heath plant communities are considered to be of international importance. 
Vulnerability Deer population control: in the reserve, large areas of deforested ground are fenced off. Forest fires are a constant danger. 
Owner 89% of the reserve belongs to the Scottish Nature Heritage; the rest is owned by The National Trust of Scotland. 
Documentation -Council of Europe - European Diploma Series (1983), Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve United Kingdom, Strasbourg, 19 p..-Beinn Eighe NNR, Management Plan, 1995-2005 
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Geomorphology Landforms typical of the active glacial processes that have occurred in the West Highlands are well represented with 'U' shaped valleys, corries, avetes and suites of morraines. The underlying geology is basically Torrrdonian sandstone with a Cambria quartzitic cap. 
Educational interest A Visitor Centre is open to the public from May to September. There are also two self-guided trails and a Field Station with classroom. 
Cultural heritage In former times the woodland supplied timber for boat-building, house-building, charcoal burning and sheep grazing. Burning was a management practice for the 150 years prior to the establishement of the reserve. 
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