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7th March 2016 | Regional News

The Great Parkdean Bird Watch


Scotland is a great destination for bird watchers, with a variety of speciality species to come and see.

To ensure that you make the most of your stay here in Scotland, we’ve teamed up with birding experts from across the country to advise you on the best nature spots to explore.

Birding Ecosse

Embo, Dornoch is a haven for birds and birders alike and is ideally situated to give a fantastic insight to the birds of North Scotland.

Watch Purple Sandpipers and Turnstones feeding on Embo pier, flocks of Seaducks floating just offshore alongside Auks, Divers and Grebes. Greenshank at Twite feed on the shore of nearby Loch Fleet as Osprey’s circle overhead waiting to dive for a fish, it is also a great place to look for Common Seals as they haul themselves out to bask on the rocks and sand banks.

Let Birding Ecosse guide you around the fantastic locations this area has to offer, and to make this a holiday that you will always remember.

Find out more at:

Nearest park: Grannie’s Heilan Hame (5 mins)

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Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve is a hidden gem in the City of Inverness, it is some 54 acres extending out to the low water mark providing mudflats that provide a rich habitat and feeding ground for Birds.
The Reserve is also home to a large colony of Grey Herons as well as the occasional sighting of Ospreys and red kites.

Find out more at:

Nearest park: Nairn Lochloy (31 mins)


Image supplied by Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre is located in the loch-side woodland. With purpose built enclosures, it is an ideal setting for nearly 40 Birds of Prey & Owls. The centre is home to over 20 Owls, representing all five British Owls, as well as unique or unusual species from other parts of the world. The centre is also home to five British Raptors, including “Orla”, the magnificent Golden Eagle.

Visitors are given an insight into habitats and habits, including the centre’s conservation and education programmes. Their education room has a selection of exhibits and information sheets explaining the evolution and biology of their residents. The site is fortunate to have a large selection of wild birds and mammals both living and feeding in plain view.

Woodpeckers, Dippers, Long-tailed tits, voles, moles, wood mice, and many more. Visitors can learn of their successes in rehabilitation of wild Birds of Prey & Owls. An educational day out for all ages, and a chance to relax in wonderful surroundings

Find out more at:

Nearest park: Wemyss Bay (52 mins)

Loch Lomond

Image supplied by Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre

Bird and Dine

Scotland is world-famous for its spectacular landscapes and wildlife.

Did you know there is a tearoom in the Cairngorms where you can watch Red Squirrels, Siskins or Crested Tits while you eat delicious homemade cakes? Whatever your tastes, now you can find places where you can eat, drink, and watch birds at the same time.  Bird and Dine is a website that highlights cafes, pubs and restaurants that have views of birds in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland (as well as a few around the world).

Each location is rated for quality of scenery, wildlife and food, so you can review it at a glance.

Find out more at:

Nearest park: Tummel Valley (1 hr 20 mins)


Image supplied by Bird and Dine

Caithness Wildlife Tours

Explore Caithness in the far north of Scotland with Caithness Wildlife Tours.

Caithness is a land of towering sea cliffs, sandy beaches and vast blanket bogs, where wildlife abounds. Puffins and other sea birds nest on the cliffs, seals hangout in the sheltered harbours, birds of prey patrol the sky, and deer roam over the moorlands and hills.

Find out more at:

Nearest park: Grannie’s Heilan Hame (2 hr 21 mins)

Caithness Wildlife Tours

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For more information on various attractions to visit while you are staying in Scotland, please visit here.

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