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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. Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Killin

    Famed for its botanical riches, the rare mixture of lime-rich underlying rocks, high altitude and climate mean Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve is home to a wide array of plants.

  2. Erraid Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Erraid Wood is a small woodland on the slopes of the Pentland Hills to the south of Edinburgh.

  3. Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Montrose

    Montrose Basin is the enclosed estuary of the South Esk River. The reserve includes a 4-star visitor centre along with four remote bird hides.

  4. Clyde Valley Woodlands

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Carluke

    Clyde Valley Woodlands is a National Nature Reserve composed of six separate sites, each unique and together representing the finest examples of ancient woodland in this area.

  5. Glenmore

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Aviemore and the Cairngorms

    Glenmore is a National Nature Reserve run by Forestry Commission Scotland and encompasses Glenmore Forest Park.

  6. Loch Maree Islands

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Gairloch

    The Loch Maree Islands are a group of scattered islands on Loch Maree.

  7. Bird of Prey Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    The Trossachs

    Covering several top wildlife watching areas, the Bird of Prey Trail in the Trossachs is a great destination for wildlife watching and outdoor pursuits.

  8. Glen Nevis Visitor Centre (ionad Nibheis)

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Fort William

    The Glen Nevis Visitor Centre is situated 1.5 miles along the Glen Nevis road from the Nevis bridge mini-roundabout.

  9. 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.

  10. Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glen Clova

    This breathtaking landscape is a haven for scarce arctic-alpine plants, birds and animals.

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