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Aerial view of Tentsmuir forest and beach and the River TayThe forest is situated on the north-east coast of Fife between St Andrews and Tayport. The forest was planted on the sand dunes at the mouth of the River Tay. It is an example of lowland predominantly coniferous forest in a flat landscape. It extends to 1573 ha with the northern block of Tentsmuir Forest (including Morton Lochs) and Reres Wood in the south. The coastal location has an effect on soil structure, characteristic and climatic influence.

The land was acquired by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s and planted predominantly with Scots pine and Corsican pine. There are still a few sites with the first rotation of pines planted between 1922 and 1925. In addition to commercial forestry, careful management has created an interesting mixture of open space, ponds, trees and sand dunes that are rich in wildlife.

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