Tullibody Inch

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Tullibody Inch
Meaning of name Tullibody island
Tullibody Inch is located in Scotland
Tullibody Inch
Tullibody Inch
Tullibody Inch shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NS862925
Coordinates 56°07′N 3°50′W / 56.11°N 3.83°W / 56.11; -3.83
Physical geography
Island group Forth
Area c.6 ha [1]
Highest elevation <5 metres (16 ft)
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Clackmannanshire
The River Forth at Alloa showing Alloa Inch and Tullibody Inch (at right)

Tullibody Inch is an islet in the estuarine waters of the River Forth. [1] It takes its name from the nearby town of Tullibody, "inch" being from the Scottish Gaelic innis meaning "island" or "meadow".[2]

The island used to be farmland but has become flooded due to mining subsidence. It is now part of the Firth of Forth SSSI, which also includes nearby Alloa Inch and the John Muir Country Park.[3] The Scottish Wildlife Trust owns and manages the island as a nature reserve.[4]


The area is important for its extensive reed beds and for nationally important numbers of wintering wildfowl and wading birds. The inner Forth hosts populations of common shelduck, red knot, common redshank, great crested grebe, Eurasian teal and common goldeneye.[5] A marsh harrier, of which only a handful of pairs nest in Scotland, was seen on the island in September 2006.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Ordnance Survey 1:25,000". Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Iain Mac an Tàilleir. "Placenames" (PDF). Pàrlamaid na h-Alba. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Firth of Forth SSSI Management Statement" (2004) Scottish Natural Heritage.
  4. ^ "Tullibody Inch". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Firth of Forth SSSI Midas Reference 8163". Scottish Natural Heritage. Retrieved 15 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Marsh harrier: Bird 21251". Highland Foundation for Wildlife. Retrieved 16 September 2010.

Coordinates: 56°6′25″N 3°48′52″W / 56.10694°N 3.81444°W / 56.10694; -3.81444