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Watch this video and see some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.
Great Scottish wildlife

See some of Scotland's remarkable wildlife, from timourous red squirrels to playful dolphins.

  • Looking out over a flock of birds at the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve
    A flock of birds at the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve
  • A red deer with antlers stands among the reddish brown bracken
    A red deer poses among the bracken
  • The beach and dunes of St Cyrus National Nature Reserve
    St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

As each new season passes, the wildlife in Scotland remains as vibrant and colourful as the last. Nature reserves and hides are some of the best places to immerse yourself in the natural world and get close to some of Scotland's most intricate and endangered species.

From the peace and quiet of a hide, use a pair of binoculars to see magnificent birds of prey, such as a nesting pair of ospreys with their young in their Highland retreat. In some cases, you'll be so close, you'll need only your eyes to take it the awesome sight of passing red deer or elusive otters.

Each reserve is different, with some bathed in tranquility whilst others are a buzz of activity. The seabird colonies of Orkney and Shetland, for instance, are a hubbub of noise and movement as puffins, fulmars, guillemots, Arctic skuas and more breed in cliff faces and feed their young. Wetlands across the country attract all kinds of wildfowl and waders, including migrating pink footed geese who arrive in the autumn.

It's Scotland's diverse landscapes that attracts this variety of wildlife with habitats set amongst rugged mountains and wild moorland, ancient pine forests and along the thousands of miles of coastline.

Browse the listings to plan a visit to the many nature reserves and hides around the country.

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  1. Craigower

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pitlochry

    Craigower is a 4.5 hectare hilltop with open heathland and scattered Scots pines. It is a locally important site for butterflies.

  2. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    New Abbey

    This spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve of the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust is situated on the north Solway Coast.

  3. Gradings

    Birsay

    Welcome to The Loons & Loch of Banks (Mainland) Nature Reserve.

  4. 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.

  5. The Nadurra Visitor Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Acharacle

    The Nàdurra Centre provides an introduction to the natural environment of Ardnamurchan, the most westerly part of the British mainland.

  6. Gradings

    Lewis

    Welcome to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (The Galson Estate Trust)

  7. Loch Garten Osprey Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Nethy Bridge

    The Loch Garten Osprey Centre is the ideal spot to observe these magnificent birds.

  8. Argaty Red Kites

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    Doune

    Absent in Scotland’s skies for over a century, red kites are slowly making a comeback thanks to an exciting project to re-introduce them.

  9. Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    New Abbey

    Caerlaverock is a National Nature Reserve with great birdwatching and walking opportunities.

  10. RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Lochwinnoch

    This wetland reserve is ideal for all the family as the trails, birdwatching hides and visitor centre are all easily accessible.

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