The most spectacular shingle beach of the Moray Firth is found at Culbin – where the ever moving 7 km long shingle bar protects lagoon and saltmarsh. Virtually undisturbed by human activity, Culbin Bar, with its series of high energy gravel beaches and ridges is one of the finest examples of vegetated shingle in Britain, supporting over 550 species of flowering plants and an outstanding diversity of 450 species of fungi and 150 species of lichen. Plants include kidney vetch, and the best and richest examples of northern heath on shingle, with heather, crowberry and juniper predominating. One fungus species, the sand deceiver, is not found at any other site in Britain.
Shingle heath can also be seen inland of the Findhorn dunes, at Lossie Forest and at the Lein Nature Reserve, beside Spey Bay.
Findhorn Bay and its surrounding shingle heath, backshore dunes and saltmarsh has been designated as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) by the Moray Council.
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