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Moray and Nairn Coast
Location Grampian and Highland, Scotland
Nearest city Elgin
Area 24.12 km2 (9.31 sq mi)
Established 2 February 1997
Governing body Joint Nature Conservation Committee

The Moray and Nairn Coast is a protected wetland site on the southern shore of the Moray Firth, in the west of Scotland. A total of 2,412 hectares comprises two areas: intertidal flats, saltmarsh and sand dunes at Findhorn Bay and Culbin Bar, and alluvial deposits and woodland of the lower River Spey and Spey Bay. It has been protected as a Ramsar Site since 1997.

The area supports a large number of over-wintering waders and waterbirds, including internationally important populations of greylag geese and long-tailed ducks. Other important birdlife includes ospreys, bar-tailed godwits, pink-footed geese and common redshanks.

As well as the Moray and Nairn Coast being recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, it has also been designated a Special Area of Conservation.

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