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08 July, 2014

Families celebrate Tentsmuir's 60th birthday

A free event for families marked Tentsmuir Point’s 60 years as a national nature reserve on 3 July. Over 140 children and parents sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and reserve manager Tom Cunningham cut a cake specially made for the occasion.

Then it was off to take part in exciting activities such as a mini-beast safari, a ‘guess the poo’ quiz and building bug hotels. Artist David Mitchell ran paper bird design sessions and storyteller Lea Taylor entranced the children with her interactive tales.

Children were also invited to draw pictures of Tentsmuir Point which will be buried in a time capsule for future generations to discover.

Tom said:

“Tentsmuir Point is a place of extraordinary natural richness. That’s why the area was designated a national nature reserve in 1954. It’s fantastic to see so many families here today, celebrating this important anniversary!”

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve (NNR) boasts constantly moving sand at the edge of the sea to the colourful dune heathland. Seals haul themselves out of the water to watch the world go by, while hungry birds fill up on the rich mix of food hidden in the mudflats. Inland, you can discover the hidden gem of Morton Loch and search for birds like the shy teal dabbling at the water's edge and the elusive otter.

Notes to editors

Tentsmuir is one of about 50 NNRs in Scotland. NNRs are special places that look after some of the best of Scotland’s nature on behalf of everyone who lives or visits Scotland, and they provide unique opportunities to visit, enjoy and learn more about Scotland’s nature. For more information, see .

Homecoming Scotland 2014 is a Scottish Government initiative managed by EventScotland, which is a part of VisitScotland. Homecoming Scotland 2014 will enable the tourism and events industries to further demonstrate the important role they play in delivering sustainable and sustained growth to Scotland’s economy. Further information:

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Tentsmuir reserve manager cuts 60th anniversary cake: Reserve manager Tom cuts Tentsmuir's 60th birthday cake. Please credit Scottish Natural Heritage.

Tentsmuir reserve manager cuts 60th anniversary cake

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Story time at Tentsmuir open day: Please credit Scottish Natural Heritage.

Story time at Tentsmuir open day

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Tentsmuir: Please credit Scottish Natural Hertiage


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