Message from Nicole Bell and Katy Smith – Collieston Beach Shelter

Message from Nicole Bell and Katy Smith
RE: Collieston Beach Shelter

As you may or may not be aware a Change of Use Application has been issued by Collieston Community Council, on our behalf, to Aberdeenshire Council requesting that the Collieston Beach Shelter be changed for retail use.

We wish to inform you that, we, Katy Smith and Nicole Bell, would like to turn these premises into an ice cream and confectionery shop serving the residents and visitors to the village as well as general essential groceries to residents throughout the Winter months. 

As residents with a mutual respect and admiration for our village, we feel that this venture is something that will contribute a positive and much needed amenity, benefiting locals and visitors alike.

Being aware that Collieston is a self-funding village that raises lots of money for local causes and essential maintenance we would like to highlight that we will be open to offer fund-raising opportunities for all the on-going and current local causes.

To view the Nature of Proposal and other associated documents regarding the application please visit:

If you have any queries or comments please feel free to contact us to discuss. or

Kind regards,
Katy and Nicole

New hub for Forvie

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First impressions of a new shelter for Waterside, to provide information and a bit of respite for visitors.  The objective was to design a fairly open structure, while offering some shelter and information at the edge of the plantation of trees along the estuary.  This design is also low key when viewed from Newburgh.  If you have any comments or questions, then please do contact me at the Forvie Centre.   The planning application will be submitted in the next couple of months so views heard early would be welcome.  Although we still have bequeath money from Margaret Stevenson to help fund this shelter, we are applying for grant aid so the project is dependent on successful application.

Larking about at Forvie


The skylark has declined dramatically in the UK, but Scotland is holding onto its population for now.  We are starting to record Skylarks and Meadow Pipits across the reserve so we can see how things change in the coming years.  Our new assistant is Rach (short for Rachel) Catrwright and she will be out at weekends looking for all small brown birds over towards the trig point between now and late June.