Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 37th most populous built-up area, with an official population estimate of 196,670 for the city of Aberdeen itself and 228,990 for the local authority area. Nicknames include the Granite City, the Grey City and the Silver City with the Golden Sands. During the mid-18th to mid-20th centuries, Aberdeen's buildings incorporated locally quarried grey granite, which can sparkle like silver because of its high mica content.
Being sited between two river mouths, the city has little natural exposure of bedrock. On the coast, Aberdeen has a long sand beach between the two rivers, the Dee and the Don, which turns into high sand dunes north of the Don stretching as far as Fraserburgh; to the south of the Dee are steep rocky cliff faces with only minor pebble and shingle beaches in deep inlets. A number of granite outcrops along the south coast have been quarried in the past, making for spectacular scenery.
Aberdeen has long been famous for its 45 parks and gardens, and citywide floral displays which include two million roses, eleven million daffodils and three million crocuses.
Duthie Park on the north bank of the River Dee has extensive gardens, a rose hill, boating pond, bandstand, and play area as well as Europe's second largest enclosed gardens. Hazlehead Park, is large and forested, located on the outskirts of the city, it is popular with walkers in the forests, sports enthusiasts, naturalists and picnickers.
James Hutton Institute, Cragiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QA
Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
For a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page
Birding Guide to North-East Scotland
(Including Part of the Cairngorms National Park) | by Mark Sullivan &, Ian Francis | Aberdeen and District RSPB Group | 2015 | Paperback | 130 pages, colour photos, colour maps |
ISBN: 9780956112675Buy this book from NHBS.com
Where to Watch Birds in Scotland
by Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | 2002 | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illus, maps |
ISBN: 071365693XBuy this book from NHBS.com
North Sea Bird Club
The North Sea Bird Club was formed in 1979 as the result of the efforts of a few individuals in the oil industry and Aberdeen University, who saw a unique opportunity to obtain long-term data from offshore on birds and other wildlife.
RSPB Aberdeen And District Local Group
With a recording area of nearly 7,000 km2, North-East Scotland offers a range of excellent birding opportunities. During migration times, most local birders efforts are likely to be concentrated along the north and east coasts of the region which extend for more than 170 kilometres. Every area of cover is worth checking during spring and autumn when there is a wind from the north-east, east or south-east, especially when it's accompanied by rain.
RSPB Aberdeen and North East Scotland
RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the UK’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home in North East Scotland.
SOC North-East Scotland
Meets at Sportsman’s Club, 11 Queen’s Rd, Aberdeen, AB15 4YL once a month on a Monday - contact John Wills 01467 651296 for details
Forums & Mailing Lists
This is an electronic grapevine for people interested in rare birds in North-east Scotland.
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
Zoology department including the zoology museum… which contains bird skins including several sent to McGillivray by John James Audubon…
Photographers & Artists
Artist - Derek Robertson
Wildlife artist with some fine portraits of birds…