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Red Deer Stags

Experience nature at first hand.

Scotland has a more diverse range of habitats than almost any country of comparable size.

From the unrivalled peat bog expanses of the Caithness Flow Country through the Arctic Cairngorm plateau and the temperate rainforests of Argyll to the salt marshes of the mild Solway coast, Scotland's natural environment is second to none.

Tawny Owlets

 

The North East, rimmed by fertile lowlands along its North Sea shore, threaded by rivers and rising to moors and mountains, this area has a huge variety of habitats in which to watch wildlife, whether in the air, over the ground or on the sea.

 

 

As you travel around the North East, there are many interesting spectacles and beautiful locations.

Between Ballater and Aboyne, there are gorgeous birchwoods beside heathland and open water.

The Dinnet Lochs host hordes of greylag geese and other wildfowl in winter, as does the Loch of Strathbeg between Peterhead and Fraserburgh.

North of Aberdeen, near Newburgh, the estuary of the River Ythan has a road along much of its length where you can watch thousands of eider ducks feeding on mussel beds off Newburgh beach. Move inland in the summer to see wading birds such as curlew or the golden plover in autumn

ButterplyClose to the Ythan, the Sands of Forvie are amazing for both sand dunes and flowers.

These are great nectar sources for many different butterflies, moths, bees and other insects. Forvie also has the biggest breeding group of eider ducks in Britain among its dunes and moorland.

 

 

red squirrel

Some of Scotland's largest surviving native pinewoods are near Braemear, where you might catch a glimpse of a red squirrel. Walk the moors and you will see grouse.

 

 

 

Come in October and see the Red Deer when they come down from the hills and assemble in large herds for the Annual rut.

otter

 

 

In October & November, when the rivers go into spate, you will the Salmon coming up the small burns to spawn.

 

 

 

Dolphin

From the coast, you can see Seals and, if you're lucky, you might spot a group of the Moray Firths colony of Bottlenose Dolphins.

Gannet at troup head

Troup head is home to the UK's largest mainland colony of Gannets.

All of these images were taken within 40 minutes drive (or less) from the cottages - except for the baby owls.... They were on our track!

You will regularly see Buzzards, Pheasant, Partridge, Hare and Roe Deer around the cottages

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The Dolphin photograph - Copyright Laurie Campbell

All other wildlife photographs - Copyright of Fiona McHugh @ Moray Cottages