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  • A couple by Bowhill Loch in the grounds of Bowhill House, West of Selkirk.
    A couple by Bowhill Loch in the grounds of Bowhill House, West of Selkirk.
  • A couple enjoy the view towards the cliffs east of St Abbs Head
    A couple enjoy the view towards the cliffs east of St Abbs Head

From the dense woodland to the sheer cliff faces, the Scottish Borders has an impressive range of diverse landscapes which not only shelter some stunning bird species but offer you some unparalled opportunities to get close to them.

After an absence of over 100 years, ospreys are now a familiar sight in the skies above the Scottish Borders. Thanks to the support of the dedicated Tweed Valley Osprey Project, they have flourished and are now well established in the Tweed Valley Forest Park. The most successful breeding season, with 18 chicks were born to 8 breeding pairs, came in 2008 and the project continues to go from strength to strength.

To secure an intimate view into their unassailable domains in the forest canopy during breeding season, head to the specialist visitor centres at Kailzie Gardens and Glentress Forest near Peebles. Live streaming from CCTV cameras on large TV screens allows monitoring and studying of these magnificent birds and their family lives.

These fish-hunting raptors can often be spotted over quiet woodland, lochs or rivers so keep your eyes peeled along the river Tweed. Failing that, there is an abundance of birdlife the length of the river and along the coast once you reach its estuary, including ducks, swans, dippers, woodpeckers and warblers.

The National Nature Reserve at St Abb’s Head near Eyemouth is a short distance away from Berwick and boasts some exceptional summer guests, including the outlandishly coloured puffin as well as guillemots, kittiwakes and razorbills. For the best views, follow the paths leading from Northfield Farm.

Browse the listings to plan your bird watching trip in the Scottish Borders today.

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  1. C-N-Do Borders

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    Hiking Tour

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    Central Scottish Borders

    The most extensive area of rolling hill country in the UK is right here and just waiting to be explored. Join a trek along the Southern Uplands Way, Scotland's 'coast to coast' route, stretching across the country to end at Cockburnspath.

  2. Pease Dean

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Cockburnspath

    This nature reserve is one of the few areas where native woodland can be found. It comprises of two parts, Pease Burn and Tower Burn.

  3. Whitlaw Mosses

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Selkirk

    Enjoy wonderful scenery and a variety of wildlife to spot at Whitlaw Mosses in the Scottish Borders.

  4. Gradings

    Galashiels

    Stow of Wedale Geocache trail takes you on a treasure hunt around this small village in the heart of the Scottish Borders. Explore the village and uncover all the hidden stories and remember to claim your prize. Fun for all ages.

  5. St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    St Abbs

    Formed by an extinct volcano, the St Abb’s Head is the best known landmark along the magnificent Berwickshire coast.

  6. Cragbank Woods

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Hawick

    Cragbank Woods boast a beautiful mix of native trees that cloak the steep gorge slopes.

  7. Velvet Hall Alpacas

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Innerleithen

    Welcome to Velvet Hall Alpacas

  8. Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Innerleithen

    Visit Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve for fantastic walking and wildlife spotting opportunities.

  9. Eyemouth Harbour Trust

    Type

    Industrial

    Gradings

    Eyemouth

    Welcome to Eyemouth Harbour – a busy and industrious hub situated at the heart of the attractive cosmopolitan town of Eyemouth.

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