Wildlife watching and the environment

Wildlife watching and the environment

The whole of Speyside and the Cairngorm National Park has stunning scenery, an extensive biodiversity and landscape making it an ideal place to see a huge diversity of flora and fauna.

There are many rare species locally including ptarmigan up Cairngorm, capercaillie and crossbills in Abernethy forest, otters in the River Spey, Ospreys at Loch Garten and waders at Culbin sands. The list is endless.

Aspen Lodge and Tigh-Na-Coille are situated on Balliefurth Farm www.balliefurth.com

You are welcome to look around the farm when you stay, you could see all sorts including woodpeckers, otters, hares and red squirrels to mention a few. We have a list here for your interest.

The farm is renowned for its environmental approach to farming and is a member of LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming: www.leafuk.org

Over the years Alastair and Ann have won several environmental awards and have been featured in National Newspapers and magazines including the Beautiful Britain and the RSPB’s Birds magazine.

There have been numerous studies and bird counts on the farm and indeed Balliefurth has a high density of breeding waders including curlew, snipe, redshank, lapwing and oystercatchers to mention a few.

We also have a large population of goldeneye duck on the farm.

For more information on local bird sites to visit see www.rspb.org

For an organised wildlife trip during your stay, why not try www.speysidewildlife.co.uk

For an amazing photography experience and a chance to learn from a professional photographer, why not have a day with Mark Hamblin. He will show you the area, it’s wildlife and stunning scenery and show you how to take the best photographs you can. A brilliant day out.

Or why not go and see the wild dolphins off Chanory point.

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