Integrated Action – Machair, Human History and Nature Intertwined

  • J. Patrick Doody
Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 4)


Machair is a special type of sand dune occurring as a sandy plain. It is restricted to northwest Scotland and western Ireland. This chapter describes a landscape shaped by natural forces associated with the geology of the islands, glacial history, geographical position, climate and geomorphological development. In considering this formation, it is important to understand that whilst the geomorphological processes govern where the machair exists, human activity has had a major influence on the system and its nature conservation values. These considerations form the basis for discussion in this chapter.


Sand Dune American Mink Artificial Fertiliser Dune Grassland Scottish Natural Heritage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Patrick Doody
    • 1
  1. 1.National Coastal ConsultantsBrampton, HuntingdonUK

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