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RSPB Skinflats, situated under the Kincardine Bridge, is a section of the upper Forth estuary and has important numbers of passage and wintering birds. It is designated as both a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection Area on the grounds of the internationally important bird numbers and the scarcity of salt marsh in the Forth estuary.
The site of the first regulated tidal exchange in Scotland, we are aiming to create new wetland habitat, allowing those salt marsh communities to expand their area and provide a safe roost for passage and wintering birds. The development of Skinflats will be managed to allow visitors to view the high numbers of birds that use the reserve and surrounding mudflats and saltmarsh.
The reserve is home to over 100 bird species, including wintering pink footed goose, black tailed godwit, grey and golden plover as well as breeding species such as skylark, tree sparrow and reed bunting.
This site is one of several that due to its size, location and/or conservation sensitivity is not capable of accommodating large numbers of visitors (unless stated).
Where possible, we have indicated the nearest equivalent RSPB nature reserve suitable for visiting. If you require further information, please use the contact details provided.
This does not affect any statutory rights of access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act or Land Reform (Scotland) Act legislation.
South and West Scotland Regional Office
Telephone:0141 331 0993
10 Park QuadrantGlasgowG3 6BS