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Perth & Kinross

Redshank Tringa totanus ©Mike Lane Website

Perth and Kinross is one of 32 unitary council areas in Scotland, and a Lieutenancy Area. It borders onto the Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee City, Fife, Clackmannanshire, Stirling, Argyll and Bute and Highland council areas. Perth is the administrative centre. It corresponds broadly, but not exactly, with the former counties of Perthshire and Kinross-shire.

Perthshire and Kinross-shire had a joint county council from 1929 until 1975. The area was created a single district in 1975, in the Tayside region, under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, and then reconstituted as a unitary authority (with a minor boundary adjustment) in 1996, by the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994. The county has the slogan:"Scotland's First Fairtrade County"

The geological fault that gives the distinctive character to lowland and highland Scotland passes southwest-northeast through the area. The population is largely centred in the lowlands, along wide fertile valleys such as Strathearn, and the Carse of Gowrie. To the north and west are the Grampians intersected by narrow glens with lochs in their valley floors. Among the highest elevations in the Grampians are Ben Lawers (1,214 m/3,984 ft) and Schiehallion (1,083 m/3,554 ft); in the south are the lower Ochil and Sidlaw Hills. The fertile lowland valleys are productive of soft fruit and arable farming whereas the northern highland areas support cattle as well as economically significant salmon farms. To the north, there is afforestation and 14 hydroelectric power installations. The attractions of the natural scenery of mountains and lochs has made tourism an important part of northern Perth and Kinross' economy.

To the north, there is afforestation and 14 hydroelectric power installations. The attractions of the natural scenery of mountains and lochs has made tourism an important part of northern Perth and Kinross' economy.



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County Recorder

Scott Paterson

12 Ochil View, Kinross, KY13 8TN

01577 864248 & 07501 640518


Useful Reading

Rare and Scarce Birds in North-East Scotland

Edited by Ian M Phillips 192 pages, 32 col plates, 60 illus, distribution maps 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

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Trip Reports

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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.

2015 [06 June] - F Simpson - Kindrogan Field Centre


This was my thirteenth trip on an undergraduate university field course to the Field Studies Council's Kindrogan Field Centre near Enochdhu in picturesque Strathardle, Perthshire.

Places to Stay

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Innerwick Estate - Aberfeldy Perthshire


Innerwick Estate, a working hill farm in the Scottish Highlands, is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and a designated National Scenic Area. We offer four fabulous cottages for holiday rental.

Milton Cottage B&B - Dunkeld


Milton Cottage is a B&B with a difference. It is a hidden treasure away from the road, tucked behind its own flat topped hill with wonderful beech trees and Scots Pine, and surrounded by a 13 acre field of parkland. There is a constant tinkle from the burn running through the woodland garden…

Panholes Cottages


…200-year old barn recently converted into two 5-star self-catering cottages situated in breathtaking open countryside. We are located near to a Nature Reserve which is a sanctuary for migrating geese and is a wildbird breeding area…

Perth Hotels


A selection of hotels…

Rosemount Hotel


Our Scottish Hotel deals are perfect for lovers of beautiful scenery and all things outdoors. There are 40 miles of waymarked trails just waiting to be explored, ideal for walkers and hikers too. We are also centrally based for touring the fabulous countryside that surrounds us in every direction

Stronvar House


Stronvar House, Balquhidder, Perthshire, Scotland FK19 8PB - Enjoying a beautiful location in the heart of Scotland, Stronvar House offers you a unique self-catering holiday for up to 12 at an affordable price.


Perthshire Society of Natural Science

(Ornithological section) Esther Taylor, 23, Verena Terrace, Perth PH2 0BZ 01738 621986


Loch Leven RSPB (Vane Farm)


Satellite View

This gateway to the North is one of the most popular RSPB nature reserves in Scotland. The visitor centre overlooks the loch where pink-footed geese, whooper swans and thousands of dabbling ducks spend the winter. The wet grassland is managed for nesting redshanks, snipe, lapwings and ducks.

Rannoch Moor


Satellite View

The Great Moor of Rannoch is one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe. It is a beautiful outdoor space stretching out far north and west from Rannoch Station. The area is a vast stretch of land composed of blanket bog, lochans, rivers, and rocky outcrops which makes it a very challenging environment which still supports varieties of flora and fauna. A wealth of plants, insect, bird and animal life can be seen here ranging from curlews and grouse to roe and red deer. Located at the southern extreme of Highland Council Area and stretching eastward into Perth and Kinross, Rannoch Moor is an upland plateau of lochs, lochans, peat bogs and streams that covers 5180Ha (12800 acres) and at points reaches an elevation of over 384m (1260 feet)…

South Rannoch Blackwood


Satellite View

South Rannoch is located on the southern edge of Loch Rannoch in Highland Perthshire. The forest which covers 3543ha, falls within the Glen Lyon and Loch Rannoch National Scenic Area (NSA) and incorporates the majority of the Blackwood of Rannoch Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Adding to the forest’s environmental importance is its adjacency to Loch Rannoch which is part of the River Tay SAC.


Shirls Gardenwatch


Blog garden diary with video of visiting birds to a Perthshire garden…

Other Links

Birdwatching in Easter Ross


The Highlands offer superb scenery, at least when the weather and the midges allow you to enjoy it. The area is also rich in wildlife. In this article, SOC Council member Bob Swann suggests some good places to see birds, and other creatures, in Easter Ross, an area that has a variety of habitats and, compared to the west coast, a relatively low rainfall…

Loch Leven Project


During my time with Alan Lauder and Paul Brooks, I learnt about the loch and its importance as a nature reserve. In particular, they told me all about the different types of birds which live on the islands and in the marshes around the loch. St Serf's Island holds 90% of all the loch's wildlife. The loch itself is fourteen square kms in area and is home to wide variety of birds…

Photographers & Artists

Artist - Martin Ridley


A Creative Process Revealed: Wildlife Art Description - Gallery of wildlife and wilderness art depicting birds and other animals, paintings in oils and watercolours with accompanying original sketches by artist painter & illustrator Martin Ridley. View how sketches, preparatory drawings and a gallery of wildlife paintings are evolved from initial field encounters, detailed information about creative working methods with wildlife watching tips, painting stages from initial brush stroke to completion, oils in progress. Services include e-Cards, wildlife artwork screensavers, forthcoming wildlife art events calendar, selected art, conservation and wildlife links and search facility to source images.