Abernethy Forest

Lying north of the Glenmore Forest Park, Abernethy Forest is a large coniferous forest stretching from the Braes of Abernethy in the east to the River Spey in the west. Sitting 6 miles (10 km) south of Grantown on Spey, and within Badenoch and Strathspey district, the forest includes the lochs of Garten and Mallachie. The Tore Hill (338m / 1109 feet) is the highest point in the forest. One of Scotland's largest areas of native pinewood, Abernethy Forest extends from the valley of the River Spey in Strathspey southwards into the Cairngorm Mountains. The settlements of Boat of Garten and Nethybridge lie within its bounds and at Loch Garten there is the first osprey nesting site to be made accessible to the public via a well-equipped observation centre managed by the RSPB. Formerly a source of timber managed by the Strathspey Estate, 2296 hectares of Abernethy Forest is now designated as a National Nature Reserve with management geared to encouraging natural regeneration of Scots pine. The area is also important for its invertebrate fauna which includes no less than 350 species of beetle, 11 species of dragonfly and over 280 species of moths and butterflies.

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