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Historical buildings on NNRs

National Nature Reserves are home to a rich and diverse cultural heritage.  Across the suite of Reserves evidence of human influence dates from the oldest archaeological remains, through centuries of farming and industrial heritage to more modern buildings of historical significance. 

For example the oldest archaeological evidence at Muir of Dinnet NNR date to around 6000 BC, while shell middens at Forvie indicate use by early man.  The woodlands of Glasdrum and Glen Nant NNRs hide remains of sites used to create charcoal for iron smelting.  

Many reserves have evidence of past land use and more recent agricultural heritage including Aberarder farmhouse at Creag Meagaidh NNR and field systems at Muir of Dinnet NNR. The land at Flanders Moss has been extensively modified for agricultural use.

A number of the island reserves have historically significant lighthouses. In fact the Isle of May is home to the oldest lighthouse in Scotland and the current lighthouse - a fine example of a Stevenson design - managed by the Northern Lighthouse Board external site .  

These are but a few examples of the rich cultural heritage on NNRs.

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