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Wartime relics revealed in Fife

Narrow Gauge wagon at Tentsmuir

In the month of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, a reminder of Fife’s part in the war has newly emerged on the coast. The SNH owned Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve, in north east Fife, is slowing giving up artifacts from the conflict.

Tom Cunningham, ‎Scottish Natural Heritage’s reserve manager at Tentsmuir, has discovered the rusting remains of a narrow gauge railway wagon from the Second World War at Tentsmuir Point. The wagon now lies fully exposed after the latest natural erosion on the sand dune edge of the coastal reserve.

Tom Cunningham said: “It’s safe to assume that the wagon was abandoned in 1945 and was buried as the sand dune system grew seaward. We already know some of the background to the wartime fortifications but we would really like any historians to get in touch and tell us more about the railway.

“Not only is Tentsmuir fascinating for wildlife, the human history is interesting as well. The coast at Tentsmuir is gradually building up and reaching seaward in parts and in other parts it is naturally being washed away. The northern part of Tentsmuir is one of the fastest growing parts of Scotland, while at the southern end the sea is eroding the sand away. Where the sand is removed, human objects are sometimes revealed. In the past we have found empty beer bottles thought to have been drunk by Polish officers stationed here.”

As well as being historically interesting, Tentsmuir is a fantastic place to visit during the autumn to catch a glimpse of the breeding seals that haul up on the sands. The Tentsmuir walking route on Walkhighlands also takes in an old ice house used for storing and packing salmon from the nearby netting station.

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