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Birdwatching in Scotland

We are fortunate in Perthshire to see a large variety of birds in a variety of wonderful habitats.  Tens of thousands of wildfowl arrive in the late autumn, including Whooper Swan and Pink-Footed Goose and they may be seen in the wetlands near Loch Leven, a 30-minute drive south of the City of Perth.  Just north of Perth, hawfinch may be seen in the grounds of Scone Palace and on Kinnoull Hill, just east of Perth, you can spot Peregrine and Raven

By the shores of Loch Leven the Vane Farm, just off the M90 near Kinross lies the RSPB's premier nature centre. This converted farm steading provides views over the Loch from its observation room, hides and nature trail, with displays and information about the reserve and Loch (a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage).

The Scottish Wildlife Trust's Loch of theLowes  Visitor Centre isat Dunkeld. There you might be lucky enough to see a breeding Osprey from the hide by the loch. 

At The Loch of Kinordy RSPB Reserve see breeding waterfowl including the rare black-necked grebe, viewable from bird-watching hides overlooking the loch, as well as ospreys and otters.

A little further afield you can visit the Montrose Basin Wildlife Reserve in Angus, famous for its estuary bird life, and the new Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick, East Lothian.


Click on the link for insights into wildlife in highland Perthshir

50 species spotted in Perthshire:

Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Yellowhammer, Siskin, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Long Tail Tit, Goldcrest, House Sparrow, Starling, Skylark, Linnet, Pheasant, Grey Partrige, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Missel Thrush, Treecreeper, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Collard Dove, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Pink-footed Geese, Greylag Geese, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jay, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk and Great Spotted Woodcock,Tree Sparrow, Kingfisher and Osprey


Here ae recommendations taken from Where to Watch Birds in Scotland by Mike Madders and Julia Welstead:

Around Loch Leven find Burleigh Sands, Findatie, Kirkgate Park and the RSPB Loch Leven Nature Reserve

Other sites include Strathearn, River Tay at Perth, Scone Den, the Tay Estuary at Port Allen, Loch of the Lowes, Loch Faskally, Ben Vrackie, Killiecrankie, Linn of Tummel, Rannoch Forest, Rannoch Moor, Stormont Loch and The Hermitage near Dunkeld


Keen birdwatchers might like to visit these useful links:

SOC Tayside Branch

Birdtrack which is a recording project for migration movements and distribution of birds throughout Britain.  The site also provides facilities for you to store and manage your records



Fantastic Facts about Scotland

  • Mary Queen of Scots played billiards. First recorded order by Louis XI in 1470. After she was executed, her body was wrapped in a billiard cloth
  • 1300s Scottish soldiers noted for ability to march longer than others because they made their own oatcakes
  • Bagpipes imported from Rome 2000 years ago by Roman army
  • Toilet, 5000 Skara Brae reckoned to use drainage system to flush into the sea. Alexander Cummings invented flushing toilet
  • Auld Lang Syne sung for 150 years before Burns sent a copy for print to the Scots Musical Museum that he had taken down from an old man.
  • Lawnmower invented in Scotland
  • Shortbread known from 12C but generally thought to have been refined use and name credited to Mary Queen of Scots 16C. Petticoat tails
  • Black bun fruitcake covered with pastry. Origins Scottish was eaten at Twelfth Night but now associated with Hogmanay
  • Scotland's first. Licensed distillery Glenlivet in 1823
  • Scotland's only 2-star Michelin restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel
  • Golf. Modern game reckoned to date from 15C in Scotland. Much debate about an earlier game. The Old Course St Andrews date to per 1574, seen as a place of pilgrimage. Links course. How many people around the world have had their photographs taken on the Swilken Bridge?
  • Ice skating began in Scotland. Primitive ice skates of bone and antler used by Scandinavian hunters as early as300 AD. 1572 first all-iron skates manufactured in Scotland. Speed skating was first form of skating sport. First skate Club in Edinburgh 1742

Distances from Perth

Distances from Perth

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