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situated west of Aberdeen, along the river Dee. Top tourist spots (near to Balmoral Castle) hence can be a little pricey, but great bases to explore the Deeside Hills and the southern Cairngorms. Banchory is closest to Aberdeen, and handy for the Stonehaven seabird cliffs.
Braemar - the furthest west village of the region, and well into the southern Cairngorms. Ideal for a walking holiday, or seeing the mountaintop specialities like Dotterel, Snow Bunting, Ptarmigan, Eagles, etc. but rather a long way from the coast. The scenery is beautiful and the hotels are moderately priced. If you only want the mountain birds, this is the place to be.
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NK - 25 miles north of Aberdeen. Three hotels, within good reach of all the coastal sites but rather far from the hills and the Cairngorms.
12 miles north of Aberdeen. A quiet village with loads of birds very close by (Forvie Sands NNR). Two small, comfortable, country hotels and several B&Bs. My own personal preference, as it means birding before breakfast is possible, even after the night before!
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There is no county bird as such but the top candidate must be Scotish Crossbill Loxia scotica as this is the stronghold of the UK`s only endemic.
Rare and Scarce Birds in North-East ScotlandEdited by Ian M Phillips - 192 pages, 32 col plates, 60 illus, distribution maps - Illustrations by M Langman and JP Smith - Covers all 159 species of British and Scottish rarity as well as locally scarce species. Also includes a checklist for all species ever recorded in the North East Scotland region.
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Where to Watch Birds in ScotlandMike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm
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Ellon RSPB Wildlife ExplorersWebsite
This group provides children and young people with a programme of activities that develops their interest in birds and wildlife. Community Centre, Ellon Academy, Schoolhill Road, ELLON, Aberdeenshire, AB41 Contact Fiona Marshall 01651 842 612
Fraserburgh RSPB Wildlife ExplorersWebsite
Meeting place - The RSPB, Loch Of Strathbeg Nature Reserve, Starnafin Farmhouse, Crimond, FRASERBURGH, Aberdeenshire, AB43 8QN Contact Jim Lister 01358 789 880 - This group provides children and young people with a programme of activities that develops their interest in birds and wildlife...
Friends Of Strathbeg RSPBWebsite
A group set up specifically to sell bird food and other bird care products to raise funds for the RSPB conservation work in the Aberdeenshire area. The group lends a great deal of support to RSPB Loch of Strathbeg Reserve. If you live in the Aberdeenshire area and would like to assist this group by either purchasing goods or helping with the distribution network, please contact us. - Bill Craigie 01224 640530
Kemnay RSPB Wildlife ExplorersWebsite
Meeting place - Kemnay Village Hall, Aquithie Road, Kemnay, INVERURIE, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5SS Contact Jim Piggins 01467 643 859 Kemnay group welcomes children from a wide area including Inverurie. Indoor meetings are held on the last Friday of each month, excluding July and December. Local experts give slide shows on local wildlife or their own fascinating travels. Sometimes there are activities such as making bird or bat boxes. In the summer months, the group meets outdoors. Longer trips are on Saturdays: the group has even made a boat trip to see (and smell!) the seabirds at Fowlsheugh...
North Sea Bird ClubWebsite
The North Sea Bird Club has recorded the movements and occurrence of birds, mammals, and insects in the North Sea and other British waters since 1979, making use of fixed and mobile platforms and vessels offshore. Data are stored on computer at Culterty and published in Annual Reports and Quarterly Bulletins. The club is financed by corporate membership of 14 major oil and gas companies and currently receives data from around 250 observers.
SOC Grampian BranchWebsite
Secretary Graham Cooper, Westbank, 72 Beltie Road, Torphins, Banchory, AB31 4JT, Tel 01339 882706
Forestry Commission - ScoltyWebsite
Mixed flocks of great tits, coal tits, treecreepers, chaffinches and golden-crested wrens are moving through the forest in search of food, while in other areas noisy flocks of siskins are active...
Forestry Commission - The BinWebsite
The Bin is a mixed conifer woodland with a good variety of walks. Trees have been here since the 1840s, when the Duke of Gordon started the first planting.
Forvie Nature ReserveWebsite
The Ythan Estuary and Forvie Sands can be found just to the north of the village of Newburgh. There is a small car park to the right immediately after crossing the bridge.
RSPB - Reserve Loch of StrathbegWebsite
This superb wetland in north-east Scotland is a vital site for waterfowl and other wildlife. In winter, 20% of the world's population of pink-footed geese spend time at the reserve. Large numbers of lapwings, golden plovers, whooper swans and barnacle geese are also found here during the winter – as well as bitterns...
RSPB Reserve - FowlsheughWebsite
Guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes breed in large numbers, with smaller numbers of fulmars, herring gulls, puffins and shags...
The Ythan estuary lies 20 Km north of Aberdeen. This tranquil inlet, with its sandy shores, mudflats and mussel beds, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest within the Forvie National Nature Reserve, an area rich in aquatic and terrestrial life.
2009 [February] - Stephen BurchReport
Stephen Burch's Birding & Dragonfly Website - his is a short photo based trip report, covering less than one full day's birding on the Aberdeenshire coast, on 18 February 2009. Once again, a business trip to Aberdeen provided this opportunity for some birding afterwards...
2011 [June] - Hilary MacBeanReport
The weather was sunny with a cool wind. Showers built up on both days but did not spoil the really clear views. The groups first set out for Bawdy Meg, to view the Osprey nest from about 400m. There were two young hatchlings and on the Thursday, the adults were found soaring with two “visiting” adults above the nest; unusual behaviour that caused the hatchlings to hunker down out of sight. Along the way, many woodland and hill birds were in evidence, including Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard, Redstart, Green Woodpecker and Meadow Pipit. We were all pleased to note a high number of Crossbills...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Greenbrae Birdwatching ToursTour Operator
Mike Chandler will be your tour leader. Mike moved to Aberdeenshire from the English Midlands in 2002. Mike is a member of the RSPB and undertakes surveys of farmland birds as part of the Farmer and Volunteer Alliance Project. For the British Trust for Ornithology Mike takes part in the Waterways breeding bird survey, he has also surveyed 2km squares for the Scottish Ornithology Club’s exercise in mapping of breeding birds in Aberdeenshire. At home Mike together with his partner, Jill, who runs the B&B take part in the BTO garden bird survey and the garden bird winter feeding survey...
Aikenshill is an impressive property on Scotland’s north-east coast. Situated six miles north of Aberdeen, this spacious and well-appointed house affords stunning views over rolling sand-dunes as well as easy access to some of Scotland’s most beautiful countryside and top visitor attractions...
Greenbrae B&B - BuchanAccommodation
Greenbrae aims to be environmentally friendly. Energy will be conserved by not providing the usual B&B trappings of over wrapped individual soaps, and sachets of shower gel. Where possible local products will be bought, reducing transportation energy, gardening will be organic, the policy on waste will be to reduce, reuse and recycle. Guests using public transport, bicycles and walkers will be welcomed. We will produce our own food where possible and have free-range hens to provide eggs for the kitchen. We will actively encourage birds into the garden... ...The RSPB reserve loch of Strathbeg and the National Nature Reserve at Forvie sands and Ythan Estuary are only twelve miles away...
Windmill Guest House - PeterheadAccommodation
Within a 7 mile radius there are the ruins of Slains Castle where Bram Stoker, author of Dracula stayed in the 1890s and it was Slains Castle that the coastal scenery and legends of Cruden Bay area were inspirational in his writing of the book. Count Dracula`s Castle is 1 mile from Bullers of Buchan which has views of spectacular sea cliffs with a walkway, from Cruden Bay, around the cliffs to Boddam where Puffins, Guilliemotts, Terns and an abundance of wild sea birds nest. The Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) Reserve is also located locally at the Loch of Strathbeg.
Aberdeenshire Young BirderBlog
A blog from Joseph Nichols, a young birder from Aberdeenshire. Including his own photos and accounts of his birding adventures at his local patches and beyond....
The longest running andone of the most well-used bird and wildlife sites around. Established in1990, includes hundreds of photographs, latest news, a fledgling on-linefield guide, diary of events, interactive noticeboard, where to go birdingin Scotland complete with point-and-click maps, local guide service, etc,etc.
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