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  • The dunes at the Sands of Forvie nature reserve glowing red at sunset.
    The Sands of Forvie National Nature Reserve
  • The beach and dunes of St Cyrus National Nature Reserve
    St Cyrus National Nature Reserve

For wildlife lovers, Aberdeen City and Shire offers a great range of attractions to let them indulge their passion.

There are varied selection of RSPB and other nature reserves across the region that provide great access to a fantastic selection of birds and mammals. The huge 'seabird cities' at the Troup Head and Fowlesheugh reserves are a major draw for birdwatchers, as is the National Nature Reserve at the Sands of Forvie, one of the country's largest dunes, where a variety of different species  can be spotted amongst the varied habitats of river estuary, coastal cliffs, colourful moorland and beautiful golden sand dunes.

If you're lucky, you can spot eagles close up, ospreys fishing, or deer rutting at upland reserves such as the beautiful birch woods of the Muir of Dinnet while badgers, foxes, bats, red squirrels and numerous varieties of birds of prey can all be seen along the miles of waymarked and sign posted trails

Other must-see attractions include Macduff Marine Aquarium near Banff where you’ll see hundreds of local species or watch feeding time when divers take to the reef tank.

Browse our wildlife attractions listings to find lots to explore in Aberdeen City and Shire today.

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  1. Glen Tanar

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aboyne

    Glen Tanar provides a great opportunity to explore Scotland's classic Caledonian pine forest in search of its elusive wildlife.

  2. Loch Muick Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Ballater

    Loch Muick Reserve is located 8 miles south west of Ballater in Aberdeenshire, and is part of the Balmoral Estate.

  3. Mar Lodge Estate

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Braemar

    This large estate is part of the core area of the Cairngorms, internationally recognised as the most important nature conservation landscape in the British Isles.

  4. Glen Tanar

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aboyne

    Welcome to Glen Tanar

  5. Troup Head

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Pennan

    This massive landmark of red cliffs rises to 365 ft and is run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

  6. Muir Of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Ballater

    Situated on low-lying ground, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) consists of extensive Birchwood, wetlands and heather moor.

  7. Donmouth Local Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    Donmouth Local Nature Reserve (LNR) is a beach site found in Old Aberdeen.

  8. World Horse Welfare's Belwade Farm

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Kincardine O'Neil

    Join one of our guided tours and learn all about World Horse Welfare's work at Belwade Farm.

  9. WDC - Whale and Dolphin Conservation

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Buckie

    Whale and Dolphin Conservation has two wildlife centres in Scotland, the Scottish Dolphin Centre located at Spey Bay in Moray and the Dolphin and Seal Centre in North Kessock. Both are free to visit.

  10. 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.

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