machair


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machair

(ˈmæxər)
n
(Agriculture) Scot (in the western Highlands of Scotland) a strip of sandy, grassy, often lime-rich land just above the high-water mark at a sandy shore: used as grazing or arable land
[C17: from Scottish Gaelic]
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The site affords an amazing 270-degree panorama from the mountains, across the machair to the beach.
"Sea level rise will flood our fertile machair and our causeway to the neighbouring island of Ulva.
Arnold, a two-year-old black Labrador, at the edge of the Barvas machair by the shore.
Fiona, whose mum Maggie MacKenzie was an actress in Gaelic soap Machair, says when working at Belladrum she often gets cheeky shout-outs from non-Gaels who spot her filming the BBC Alba show.
The Great Yellow Bumblebee (Bombus distinguendus) was found across the UK until the 1960s, but after suffering a massive decline is now only found in a few places in Scotland's remote northwest, in machair grasslands and other flower-rich areas on the north coast and islands.
Once you have been fully engaged with the two children and their activities in the sea, on the sand dunes and the machair (unfamiliar vocabulary is one of the things to learn), it could be fun to spot how the alphabet comes into play.
VISIT Predominantly Gaelic speaking the island has white sandy beaches backed by shell-sand, machair and the east has numerous rocky inlets.
A causeway leads on to South Uist, whose west coast is all white sand and "machair" (flower-filled grass-land).
Gilbertson, "Studies of late prehistoric and modern opal phytoliths from coastal sand dunes and machair in Northwest Britain," Journal of Archaeological Science, vol.
Other examples include the crofting systems and machair grassland of the Highlands and islands of Scotland and low-input mixed-farming systems, which maintain a mosaic of semi-natural landscape features and support a rich assemblage of wildlife.