Wildlife in Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley

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  • An oystercatcher standing on a beach
    An oystercatcher
  • A herd of red deer stags standing amongst the trees
    A herd of red deer
  • A red kite soaring high up above Scotland
    Red kite
  • A red squirrel nibbling on some food
    Red squirrel
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The rich habitats of Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley provide a haven for a variety of wildlife species including magnificent birds of prey and red deer.

Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre near Balloch has 28 species of bird including buzzards, hawks, falcons, eagles and owls. The RSPB Reserve at Inversnaid on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond has black grouse, pied flycatchers and redstarts. You might also see red deer and pine martens in the area.

Ospreys nest in the Trossachs and the David Marshall Lodge at Aberfoyle has live CCTV of these birds between April and September. You can also see red squirrels, pine martens, buzzards, peregrine falcons and barn owls in these parts.

Argaty Red Kites is central Scotland’s only red kite feeding station and has daily ranger-led visits to the hide along with spring and summer guided walks.

Argaty is part of the Trossachs Bird of Prey Trail, a 25-mile circular driving route on which you can see up to 13 different species of bird of prey including sparrowhawks and kestrels.

The nature trail at Ardmore Point near Helensburgh was laid by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and offers opportunities for sighting oystercatchers and other wading birds, as well as seals in the water.

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