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Spey Mouth forest is situated next to the village of Fochabers and is split by the A96 and A98 trunk roads. The block covers an area of approximately 4025 hectares where a large proportion of the forest is currently managed under a low impact silvicultural system. The river Spey lies to the west of the forest and this borders some of the forest outliers.

The main objectives for the forest are to:

  • Maintain the forest as a recreational hub.
  • Use silviculture that is beneficial to the environment, biodiversity and recreation whilst creating a forest with a sustainable timber yield. The preference will be a low impact silviculture system where conditions are suitable.
  • Establish Scots pine on the most appropriate sites; while elsewhere take opportunities to diversify the species mix in order to create a forest more robust to disease and climate change.
  • Restore deep peat areas associated with Moss of Cairnty and Gow Moss.
  • Manage watercourses and catchment area to help alleviate flooding and erosion.
  • Naturalise areas designated as SSSI, SAC, SPA or RAMSAR where appropriate.

During the development of the land management plan for Spey Mouth we consulted publically including with the local community representatives and stakeholders known to have an interest in the plan area.

This plan has been approved and is now active. It will be renewed in July 2026.

Land management plan documents and maps

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