Hydrogeology of a restored coastal dune system in northeastern Scotland

C. Soulsby*, D. Hannah, R. Malcolm, J. K. Maizels, R. Gard

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This paper reports the results of 12 years of hydrological monitoring at the St. Fergus dune system in northeastern Scotland. The site is adjacent to the UK's largest gas terminal and the dunes are crossed in five places by North Sea gas pipelines which were constructed between 1976 and 1990. These are buried beneath the dune system which was restored after pipeline installation. The dunes include a substantial freshwater wetland which is seasonally flooded and provides an important habitat for waterfowl. The hydrogeology of the site is characterized and the hydrogeological processes that sustain this wetland feature are considered including recent climatic fluctuations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-154
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Coastal Conservation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997


  • Dune slack
  • Groundwater
  • Names of vascular plants follow Clapham et al. (1962)
  • Restoration
  • Sand dune
  • Water table
  • Waterfowl

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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