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  • A bright day over the fens of Loch Kinord at the heart of the Muir of Dinnet NNR
    Loch Kinord at the heart of the Muir of Dinnet NNR
  • Footpath signs for different trails around the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve at the Burn O' Vat Visitor Centre
    Footpath sign in the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve at the Burn O' Vat Visitor Centre
  • The dunes at the Sands of Forvie nature reserve glowing red at sunset.
    The Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve

There's a fantastic variety of wildlife to be seen across Aberdeen City and Shire and some of the best locations to get up close to it and experience it at first hand are the numerous nature reserves across the region.

From the desert-like Sands of Forvie reserve, one of the country’s largest sand dunes, just 12 miles north of Aberdeen to the hides and trails at the Muir of Dinnet, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the region’s animal life firsthand.

With the spectacular arrival of tens of thousands of migrating pink-footed geese each autumn, the RSPB reserve at Loch of Strathbeg, Scotland’s largest landlocked lagoon, is a very popular choice for wildlife lovers from all over the UK. Birdwatchers should also head for the massive seabird colonies at Troup Head and Fowlsheugh reserves.

Browse the listings to plan your trip to the hides, reserves and visitor centres in Aberdeen City and Shire today.

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  1. Glen Tanar

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  2. Forvie National Nature Reserve

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    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Ellon

    The beauty of the sand dunes at Forvie National Nature Reserve (NNR) is complemented by the call of eider ducks, wafting across the Ythan estuary.

  3. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Ballater

    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

  4. 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.

  5. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  6. 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).

  7. Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) contains extensive areas of gorse scrub, heathland, young coniferous and broadleaved woodland.

  8. Spey Bay

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Buckie

    Spey Bay is a popular area of shingle beach and river estuary and is part of the largest vegetated shingle complex in Scotland.

  9. 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.

  10. Glen Tanar

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aboyne

    Glen Tanar provides a great opportunity to explore Scotland's classic Caledonian pine forest in search of its elusive wildlife.

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