Perth & Kinross

Redshank Tringa totanus ©Mike Lane Website
Birding Perth & Kinross

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.The area was created as a unitary authority (with a minor boundary adjustment) in 1996. 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 (3,984 ft) and Schiehallion (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.The highland specialities are there and in the winter in particular, come into their own with thousands of over-wintering geese and other waders and wildfowl. Areas of deciduous woodland may hold hawfinch and reedbeds also attract winter roosts.

County Recorder
Useful Reading

  • Rare and Scarce Birds in North-East Scotland

    | Edited by Ian M Phillips | Ian M Phillips | 1997 | Hardback | 192 pages, 32 col plates, 60 illustrations, distribution maps | ISBN: 9780953125906 Buy this book from
  • Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

    | By Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | 2002 | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illustrations, maps | ISBN: 9780713656930 Buy this book from
  • PSNS Perthshire Society of Natural Science

    Join us to enjoy birdwatching. Our principal aim is to bring together people with an interest in birds and other wildlife for mutual enjoyment and recreation. Our 3 or 4 walks a year are usually in small groups when the beginner and the expert can compare notes and help each other.
  • SOC Tayside Branch

    Contact Brian Brocklehurst 01382 778348

Abbreviations Key

  • FC South Rannoch Blackwood

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    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.
  • Little Bank Wetland, Port Allen

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    One of the best wetllands in the area with reedbeds and mudflats.
  • NNR Loch Leven

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    Loch Leven hosts one of the largest concentrations of inland breeding ducks in Europe. Around 1000 pairs nest mainly in the loch's islands.
  • RSPB Loch Leven (Vane Farm)

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    Set on the southern shore of the loch, this nature reserve offers a great day out for families, nature lovers and wildlife watchers alike. Ospreys visit the loch to fish during the summer, while up to 20,000 pink-footed geese fly in from Iceland come autumn.
  • SAC Rannoch Moor

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    Rannoch Moor is an expanse of around 50 square miles of boggy moorland to the west of Loch Rannoch in Scotland, where it extends from and into westerly Perth and Kinross, northerly Lochaber (in Highland), and the area of Highland Scotland toward its south-west, northern Argyll and Bute. Rannoch Moor is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation.
  • SNH Carsebreck Loch

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    A fine wetland with a history of attracting rarities as well as good numbers of wildfowl,
  • Scone Palace

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    Renowned for its population of Hawfinch that frequent the grounds among its Hornbeams at the north end. The gardens and grounds are also open to the public. Douglas Fir trees, introduced by David Douglas himself in 1827 still stand in the grounds.
Trip Reports

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  • 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.
  • 2016 [06 June] - F Simpson - Kindrogan Field Centre

    This was my fourteenth trip on an undergraduate university field course to the Field Studies Council's Kindrogan Field Centre near Enochdhu in picturesque Strathardle, Perthshire. The field centre is set in an old Victorian estate with a small area of mixed woodland along the banks of the River Ardle at the foot of Kindrogan Hill, largely cloaked in spruce forestry plantation with smaller areas of larch.
  • 2017 [06 June] - F Simpson - Kindrogan Field Centre

    This was my fifthteenth 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.
  • Panholes Cottages

  • 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
Other Links
  • Birding in Perth and Kinross

    Perth and Kinross offers a wealth of good birding in a variety of wonderful habitats, from montane and upland species in Highland Perthshire, to wildfowl and waders in superb wetlands. An ornithological highlight of late autumn in Perth and Kinross is the arrival of tens of thousands of wildfowl at wetlands within easy reach of Perth.
  • Shirls Gardenwatch

    Visitors beware… this blog contains way too much chat, photos and video on garden plants, birds and wildlife. It also goes wandering on visits to gardens and nature reserves!
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.

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