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  • The dunes at the Sands of Forvie nature reserve glowing red at sunset.
    The Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve
  • The beach and dunes of St Cyrus National Nature Reserve
    St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

For wildlife lovers, Aberdeen City and Shire offers a great range of attractions to let them indulge their passion.

There are varied selection of RSPB and other nature reserves across the region that provide great access to a fantastic selection of birds and mammals. The huge 'seabird cities' at the Troup Head and Fowlesheugh reserves are a major draw for birdwatchers, as is the National Nature Reserve at the Sands of Forvie, one of the country's largest dunes, where a variety of different species  can be spotted amongst the varied habitats of river estuary, coastal cliffs, colourful moorland and beautiful golden sand dunes.

If you're lucky, you can spot eagles close up, ospreys fishing, or deer rutting at upland reserves such as the beautiful birch woods of the Muir of Dinnet while badgers, foxes, bats, red squirrels and numerous varieties of birds of prey can all be seen along the miles of waymarked and sign posted trails

Other must-see attractions include Macduff Marine Aquarium near Banff where you’ll see hundreds of local species or watch feeding time when divers take to the reef tank.

Browse our wildlife attractions listings to find lots to explore in Aberdeen City and Shire today.

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  1. Mar Lodge Estate

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Braemar

    This large estate is part of the core area of the Cairngorms, internationally recognised as the most important nature conservation landscape in the British Isles.

  2. Loch Muick Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Ballater

    Loch Muick Reserve is located 8 miles south west of Ballater in Aberdeenshire, and is part of the Balmoral Estate.

  3. World Horse Welfare's Belwade Farm

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kincardine O'Neil

    Join one of our guided tours and learn all about World Horse Welfare's work at Belwade Farm.

  4. Macduff Marine Aquarium

    Type

    Marine Life Centres

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Banff

    On the beautiful Moray Firth coast, this fascinating aquarium features hundreds of local sea creatures from the rocky shores to the kelp reefs and beyond.

  5. Troup Head

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pennan

    This massive landmark of red cliffs rises to 365 ft and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

  6. Glen Tanar

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  7. WDC - Whale and Dolphin Conservation

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    Whale and Dolphin Conservation has two wildlife centres in Scotland, the Scottish Dolphin Centre located at Spey Bay in Moray and the Dolphin and Seal Centre in North Kessock. Both are free to visit.

  8. The Owl And Pussycat Centre

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Peterhead

    ** MEET THE STARS ** MEET THE STARS ** We are privileged to announce the arrival of two famous residents. HARRY POTTER STARS Hedwig and Eral are now resident at the Centre and are looking forward to meeting all our visitors.

  9. Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    Ellon

    Welcome to Grampian & Cairngorms Wildlife Services.

  10. St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    St Cyrus

    The cliffs and dunes of St Cyrus support a distinctive range of plants, including many southern species.

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