RECOMMENDED WILDLIFE HIDES
competitive wildlife photography hides, nature photography holidays and workshops to fellow nature enthusiasts.
Offerv photography experiences have been designed to cater for abilities. From beginners to professionals.
Kingfisher, Sparrow Hawk, Fox, Buzzard, Cuckoo, Badger, Dipper, Fox & Tawny Owl, Pi
Pine Martin, Pied Flycatcher, Pinemartin, Redstart, Stonechat & Whinchat
Run by - Alan McFadyen
The success rate of Aviemore Ospreys is second to none, with more Ospreys visiting our Lochan than anywhere else in the UK, you can be assured of getting the best chance of getting that image of a lifetime, since the hide was developed we have had a 99.2% success rate, and only 4 mornings in two years when the Ospreys have visited the Lochan but did not fish.
Also Red Squirrel & Otter
wildlife hides are free for guests to use as they please. There is also a network of well maintained nature trails winding around the loch, moorland and up to the Iron Age Fort. In the daytime it is possible to see many of our resident species, including red squirrels, field voles, red and roe deer, slow worms and a variety of bird and raptors. Towards the end of June the hillside comes alive with wildflowers and heather, soon followed by butterflies and invertebrates.
Loch Leven RSPB reserve, formerley known as Vane Farm.
Set on the southern shore of the loch, this nature reserve offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike. Ospreys visit the loch to fish during the summer, while up to 20,000 pink-footed geese fly in from Iceland come autumn.
Fife Coast & Country Trust maintain a small visitor centre that is the perfect spot for bird watching and there are also numerous other access points including large parking area and interpretation at West Sands in St Andrews.
The bulk of the reserve is made up of rich intertidal mud and sand flats, home to millions of tiny plants and animals. Due to this wealth of food, the site supports a huge variety and volume of bird life. Notable birds include black-tailed godwit, grey plover, redshank, shelduck and red-breasted merganser. You might also have a chance of spotting interesting mammals including otter and common seal. Dolphins have also been known to venture into the estuary.
Montrose Basin Visitors centre, operated by the Scottish Wildlife Trust Hides are free to members -
Montrose Basin is an enclosed estuary of the river South Esk covering 750 hectares, home to over 80,000 migratory birds – including pink-footed geese, Arctic terns, knots and sedge warblers.
Operated by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve covers 130 hectares near Dunkeld. From early April to late August, the star attraction is a pair of breeding ospreys, which nest just 150 metres from the observation hide. Access free to members.
This reserve is famous for its spectacular waterfalls, historic visitors and scenic woodland walks. Over 100 bird species have been recorded including dipper, raven and kingfisher. Daubenton’s bats can be spotted feeding over the river in the evenings. Badgers forage in the undergrowth and otters are sometimes seen along the riverbank.