Edinburgh and The Lothians
Wildlife in Edinburgh & The Lothians
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Discover a wonderful world of wildlife across Edinburgh & The Lothians from the surprising variety of wildlife to be found in the capital city itself and in the range of habitats across the region.
The bustling city of Edinburgh is peppered with green spaces that offer not only a pleasant escape but also a home to many different species of wildlife, including several not usually associated with an urban setting, such as otters and grey herons.
Elsewhere across the region, the variety of country parks and Local Nature Reserves provide good access to all manner of woodland wildlife, particularly those offering nature trails and ranger-led walks.
East Lothian in particular is a hotspot for birdwatchers, thanks to the large numbers of native and migrant species who visit, plus the massive seabird colonies found out on the islands of the Firth of Forth.
A gannet flies close to the Bass Rock
The oystercatcher (image courtesy of RSPB/ Andy Hay - rspb-images.com)
The kingfisher (image courtesy of RSPB/ Mike Richards - rspb-images.com)
Edinburgh & The Lothians is home to an amazing range of wildlife species including otters, rare birds and huge 'seabird cities'.
Across bustling city and tranquil countryside, there's a wealth of wildlife attractions to be found in Edinburgh & the Lothians.
Explore the variety of birdwatching opportunities on the coast and inland across Edinburgh & The Lothians.
Explore the rich variety of nature reserves and wildlife visitor centres found across Edinburgh & The Lothians.