UK’s first national nature reserve Beinn Eighe is 70 years old

The UK’s first national nature reserve is 70 years old.

The 18 sq mile (48 sq km) reserve covers Beinn Eighe, a mountain in Wester Ross in the Highlands.

It was set up in 1951 to protect an area of Caledonian pine forest – the largest fragment of the ancient woodland in north west Scotland.

The national nature reserve (NNR) is home to rare species of lichen, as well as deer, pine martens and golden eagles.

To mark the 70th anniversary NatureScot, the public body that manages the site, held a photography competition to “showcase its dramatic landscape and habitats”.

The winner was Ben Catchpole of Norwich, who spent time at Beinn Eighe as a volunteer, with second place going to Rachel Drummond of Wester Ross.

BBC News

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