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Aberdeen City

Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivorus ©David Mason Website

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.

County Recorder

Nick Littlewood

James Hutton Institute, Cragiebuckler, Aberdeen AB15 8QA

07784 965920


Useful Reading

Rare and Scarce Birds in North-East Scotland

Edited 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. ISBN 0953125904 Out of Print

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

Mike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm

ISBN: 071365693X

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Forums & Mailing Lists


Mailing List

List contact: ABZ-Rare-Birds-owner@yahoogroups.com

An electronic grapevine for people interested in rare bird sightings in North-East Scotland (Aberdeenshire).

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

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.


North Sea Bird Club


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.

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.

SOC North-East Scotland


Hugh Addlesee, 31 Ashtree Road, Banchory, AB31 5JB, Tel 01330 829949


Aberdeen University


Zoology department including the zoology museum… which contains bird skins including several sent to McGillivray by John James Audubon…


Aberdeen Birder


… Cor blimey its dull out here! The arrival of about 6 Wheatears ( according to Donald) coincided with the falls of the weekend, and three of them remained here until early afternoon at least, along with a single rusty fronted juv Pied wag. I must admit, as I dosed on the chopper on the way in today, I was enjoying visions of Barred warblers and Red backed shrikes helping themselves to a carpet of Silver Ys and Red admirals, with the odd Greenish warbler thrown in for good measure. If only…

Aberdeenshire Young Birder


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….

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Derek Robertson


Wildlife artist with some fine portraits of birds…