New acquisition for Forvie reserve

University of Aberdeen environmental science students enjoy the view from the new bench at the Forvie reserve.
University of Aberdeen environmental science students enjoy the view from the new bench at the Forvie reserve.

Spring’s arrival has been marked at Forvie national nature reserve by an impressive new carved bench featuring the reserve’s signature bird, the eider duck.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), which manages Forvie, near Newburgh, commissioned the bench after a donation by Bruce Pimlott in memory of his wife, Elspeth. Mr and Mrs Pimlott enjoyed regular walks at Forvie before they moved to Northumberland.

Forvie reserve manager Annabel Drysdale said: “I am so happy to see the bench at the entrance to the eider zone, where Britain’s largest population of nesting eider ducks will shortly be arriving. I hope visitors will enjoy the view and chance to reflect on the natural beauty of the Ythan estuary and its wildlife.”