Wildlife in Aberdeenshire

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This wonderful region is home to a wide array of magnificent wildlife. From the golden eagles which you can spot in the Cairngorms to the iconic red deer stag, Aberdeenshire boasts a truly inspiring range of animals.

Discover the variety of wildlife and unspoiled coastal cliffs of the National Nature Reserve at the Sands of Forvie, one of the country’s largest sand dunes, just 12 miles north of Aberdeen.

With the arrival of the geese in autumn, the Loch of Strathbeg, Scotland’s largest landlocked lagoon, is very popular. Birdwatchers should also watch the gannet colony at Troup Head, the only one on the UK mainland. For a truly spectacular sight, check out the entrance to Aberdeen harbour, where bottlenose dolphins are often sighted in the nearby waters and put on a spectacular show.  

You will be blown away by the sheer natural beauty of the Cairngorms National Park which protects around a quarter of the UK’s most rare and endangered wildlife. With five of the six highest mountains in the UK and Scotland’s second longest river, the River Spey, this beautiful part of the world is perfect for spotting wildlife. 

From badgers, red squirrels and otters to pine martens, red deer and wildcats, there are numerous opportunities to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The Cairngorms National Park is also home to all of Britain’s grouse species, as well as ospreys, golden eagles, buzzards and falcons.

With many more reserves and miles of waymarked and sign posted trails, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of Aberdeen City and Shire's wonderful wildlife. You can increase your chances of animal sightings by heading out with a park ranger or by enjoying one of the many wildlife tours that are available.

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