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  • Information point in the Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve
    Tentsmuir Nature Reserve Information Point
  • A boat pulls up close to the seabird colony on the Isle of May.
    The Isle of May nature reserve, Fife
  • A family stop for a break at Tentsmuir point which looks out onto the beach
    Tentsmuir Point

Amid the diverse landscapes and habitats of the Kingdom of Fife; from golden sand dunes to thick woodland, there is a vast range of wildlife to spot at the large number of national and local nature reserves across the the region.

As well as boasting nationally important wildlife sites, such as the Isle of May's seabird colonies, Fife has a collection of seven local nature reserves that play an significant role in sheltering and conserving the region's wildlife. 

Built originally at the end of the 19th century as a reservoir, Coul Den nature reserve near Glenrothes is now a shallow loch supporting a rich variety of thriving plant and wildlife. As well as dragonflies and damselflies, it also provides shelter to breeding birds such as the moorhen, coot and mute swan.

Like Coul Den, many of the local nature reserves created in Fife are the product of making new lochs and habitats from the remains of industry sites in the region. They all provide excellent opportunities to spot wildfowl and other mammals. The Birnie and Gaddon lochs nature reserve, for instance, provides an excellent resource to conserve certain species such as the water vole, the bank vole, otters, water shrews and more.

Several of Fife's reserves are imperative to birdlife and are where you can enjoy spotting a diverse number of species. The sand and mud flats of Scotland's third oldest reserve at the Eden Estuary are home to four species of migratory geese in the autumn and winter as well as black godwits, grey plovers and more. You may also sight roe deer roaming through the salt marshes as well as dolphins and porpoises offshore.

Browse the listings to plan your trip to wildlife reserves and visitor centres in The Kingdom of Fife.

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  1. Isle of May


    Nature Centres & Reserves



    Anchored on the edge of the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is a magical mix of seabirds, seals and smugglers.

  2. Anstruther Pleasure Cruises Ltd


    Nature Centres & Reserves


    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience


    Passenger boat trip to the Isle of May


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