Watching in the Highlands & Cairngorms
The local area is a haven
for many rare species of bird including crested tits, Scottish crossbills, capercaillie and the osprey which can be seen from the
RSPB observation point at the nearby Abernethy Forest/Loch Garten Nature Reserve, near Boat of Garten, where live video pictures of the osprey nest are
relayed back to the Osprey Centre which is fully accessible to wheelchairs.
We have a number of RSPB magazines, bird identification books and tips on
where to see the best viewings in the area.
The Revack Estate encourage and preserve wetter
ground habitat, which nurtures orchid species and provides nesting sites for
oyster catchers, lapwings, skylarks and curlew. Other important wetlands in
United Kingdom include Insh
Marshes which are home to lapwings, red shanks and curlews in
spring, and in winter the marshes flood, providing roosting and feeding for
flocks of whooper swans and greylag geese. The best time for visiting Insh Marches being between November and June.
Loch Ruthven is an important site in the UK for the rare Slavonian grebe as well as osprey, black grouse and if your lucky a peregrine or hen harrier. The golden eagle
may also be spotted high in the Cairngorms where you can take the Funicular
Railway to an altitude of around 3,600 ft.
The Cublin Sands
Reserve is definitely worth a visit where oystercatchers, bar-tailed
godwits and knots can be seen. Large numbers of sea ducks including long
tailed ducks are seen in winter. All the RSPB reserves are open
Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch
Tel: 01479 811169 (after 6pm)
Mobile: 07974 151503
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