Birdwatching

Birdwatching
Just above south Loch Ness, Loch Ruthven is the most important breeding site in the UK for the very rare, Slavonian Grebe. A sartorial show-off, the bird has a very colourful breeding plumage and spectacular courtship display. Loch Ruthven is also a good place to see ospreys catching fish as well as red throated divers , red breasted merganser, teal, goldeneye, and the more common heron, oystercatcher, common sandpiper and cuckoo.

There are several other excellent bird watching sites within easy reach of south Loch Ness...
You can go to Loch Garten in the Strathspey area of the Cairngorms. When ospreys returned to breed in Scotland, this ancient Caledonian pineforest is where they chose to come. The Loch Garten Osprey Centre provides fantastic views of these magnificent birds on the nest, as well as close up views thanks to non-invasive CCTV camera. 

The reserve also has some excellent walks, with the chance to see red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits. The Osprey Centre is open daily, 10 am–6 pm from April to the end of August. Last entry to the centre is at 5pm. During spring, the centre is also open daily for Caper-watch (to see capercaillies) from 5.30 am to 8 am. Whilst the Osprey Centre is closed out of season, the wider reserve is open all year round.

The Fairy Glen Nature Reserve, just past Chanonry point and the village of Rosemarkie, also hosts a wealth of bird life. You might spot willow warblers, buzzards, treecreepers, wrens, sparrowhawks, dippers and grey wagtails.
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