Scottish Wildlife Trust
Scottish Wildlife Trust is a conservation organisation which manages over 120 wildlife reserves, covering some 22,500 hectares of Scotland's finest landscapes. Top sites are listed and described in the 'See wildlife' section, including major visitor centres at Falls of Clyde (New Lanark), Jupiter (Grangemouth), Loch of the Lowes (Dunkeld) and Montrose Basin.
Highland Wildlife Park
Lying in the Spey Valley between the Cairngorms and the Monadhliath Mountains, the Highland Wildlife Park was opened in 1972 and presents the amazing variety of animals found in present day Scotland, and then those that roamed hundreds, even thousands of years ago. It is now part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.
Highland Wildlife Photography
A web site dedicated to the appreciation of the wildlife and environment of the Scottish Highlands. Wildlife Photographer David Whitaker has spent over thirty years putting together a collection of images of the birds, mammals, invertebrates and plants that are to be encountered in North of Scotland. The site includes a large selection of his excellent wildlife photographs with galleries covering such areas as Divers and Grebes, Seabirds, Shorebirds in summer, autumn and winter], Herons and Rails, Finches & Buntings, Warblers, Dunnock to Waxwing, Land Mammals, Marine Mammals, Butterflies, Moths, Dragonflies, Flowering Plants.
International Otter Survival Fund>
The International Otter Survival Fund is based at Broadford, Isle of Skye where there is a visitor centre. The organisation covers worldwide activities to protect all varieties of otter.
Based in the historic village of Cromarty, in the heart of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation, EcoVentures offers you an exhilarating boat trip experience aboard high speed, offshore RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) to see the unique scenery and wildlife in the Cromarty and Moray Firths. The area is well known for its colony of Bottlenose Dolphins but there are also harbour porpoises, common and gray seals, minke whales and a wide range of seabirds and wildfowl.
Wildlife Wildshots Photographic Holidays
In addition to providing a photographic holidays in Glenfeshie in the Scottish Highlands this site has a great Photo Gallery of some of the animals seen on these trips in the Cairngorms.
The Scottish Association for Marine Science>
The Association is based at the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory Oban, Argyll, where there is a world class research laboratory, employing over 110 scientists and support staff, who play a major role in many national and international scientific research programmes. The research covers a broad spectrum of issues from deep sea fisheries to biogeochemistry and climate change and ranges geographically from the South Pacific to Antarctica, from the shores of Loch Etive to the deep waters of the abyssal plains off the west of Scotland.
Part of the site for the Aigas Field Centre> this site gives an overview of the varied habitats found there, plus resident badgers and pine martens, the capercaillie breeding programme and the myriad of local nesting raptors.
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)>
The page on Scotland is part of a larger site covering the history and work of society.
Nature of Scotland Awards>
The Nature of Scotland Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate excellence, innovation and outstanding achievement in Scottish nature conservation by celebrating success stories and protecting that which is under real threat. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) hosts the Nature of Scotland Awards Awards, which recognise the very best efforts made for the benefit of nature conservation in Scotland. Entries are open for these Awards and there are eight categories to choose from, including a new Nature Tourism Award Ė donít miss your chance to submit an entry!
RSPB Nature Reserve, Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire
Situated within the Clyde-Muirshiel Regional Park, Lochwinnoch is one of the few remaining wetland sites in west Scotland. The visitor centre, with its viewing tower and telescopes, gives good views over the marshland and loch, where in the winter you may see a wide variety of wildfowl and goosanders.
RSPB Nature Reserve, Loch Leven
The reserve is on the southern shore of the loch and used to be known as Vane Farm, RSPB bought this reserve in 1967 as a centre for environmental education. Visitor centre has a visitor centre open from 10 am to 5 pm and a cafe open till 4pm with hot food orders until 3pm. You can climb the trail through the woodland to the top of Vane Hill for a spectacular view over the loch, Kinross-shire hills and countryside. At the loch, there are three hides (open 24 hours a day throughout the year) which allow you to get a bit closer to the birds - access is via an underpass below the road and in the sunmmer the swallows build thir nests there. Also in the summer, there is a meadow planted with wild flowers that attracts bees and butterflies and in the winter, thousands of pink-footed geese, swans and ducks make the reserve their home.
Scottish Seabird Centre>
Based at North Berwick, opposite the Bass Rock with its 150,000 birds crammed onto it, the Seabird Centre is a major tourist attraction with remote cameras to allow you to view the birds. The site has information about the centre and the 360 degree panoramic cameras on the site have views of North Berwick
Scottish Ornithologists' Club (SOC)
Brings together amateur birdwatchers, keen birders and research ornithologists with the aims of documenting, studying and enjoying Scotland's varied birdlife. Based on information provided by members, local recorders produce reports on numbers of birds and on sightings of rarities and visitors and produce an annual Scottish Bird Report. The site has an official "Scottish List" of birds that have been reliably recorded in Scotland, illustrations of recent sightings of rarer species and advice on where to birdwatch.
Sites covering birds and bird-watching in specific areas of Scotland include:
Big Fat Birder - Scotland Links has a great set of individual links to pages on most areas of Scotland (some are more comprehensive than others) including Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire, City of Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, Falkirk, West Lothian, City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, Clackmannanshire, Fife, City of Dundee, Angus, Aberdeenshire, City of Aberdeen, Moray, Highlands, Western Isles (Na h-Eileanan Siar), Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, South Lanarkshire, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Shetland Isles.
Scotbird concentrates on bird watching in Scotland but also wildlife including butterflies, moths and other winged insects. The forum reports bird sightings and has a large picture gallery of these and other wildlife.
Angus Birding Grapevine aims to provide the "Electronic Birding Community" with information of what birds are currently about, primarily in the area of Angus but also the East Side of Scotland. If there is something of interest fairly nearby, then that will get put on too!
Auchterarder Ornithology> provides a narrative description of what can be seen in that area.
Birding in Ayrshire provides information to all with an interest in the wild birds of Ayrshire and in birding in this area, whether resident or visitor. The site is sponsored by the Scottish Ornithologists' Club Ayrshire. It includes news of their activities and of other relevant organisations such as RSPB Central Ayrshire Local Group and RSPB North Ayrshire Local Group as well as being a forum for all birders in the area. There is a species list of the birds of Ayrshire, giving an indication of their current status in the county and a comprehensive list of the best places to watch birds in Ayrshire.
Birds of the Outer Hebrides is a comprehensive site covering all aspects of birds and bird watching in the Western Isles. Loads of pictures and information.
RSPB Edinburgh Area Local Group is a large and active group covering the Edinburgh and Lothians area. They have a monthly programme of indoor meetings running from September to April. There are monthly local outings to various birding spots in the district, plus a few longer distance outings per year.
Argyll Bird Club runs field trips, provides latest bird reports and has extensive advice on bird watching in Argyll and a photo gallery.
Skye Birds - A Birding Guide to the Island of Skye is dedicated to the birds which find a niche in the in the wild and sometimes harsh environment which makes the Island of Skye so unique. The website highlights the wide variety of birds which can be seen and where to see them.
Lothian Bird News is an e mail subscription list which informs people interested in birds sightings, events to attend and other bird related news in and around the Lothians and south east Scotland.
Bird Watching in South-West Scotland focuses on the Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre, a 1400-acre site and centre with all year round facilities for viewing many species of wild birds, duck, and wading birds. During October vast flocks of up to 20,000 Barnacle Geese arrive from the Arctic, together with Whooper Swans from Iceland and many other winter visitors.
Hebrides Bird Sightings is an informal birding page for sharing recent bird sightings and other local birding pursuits in the area. There is a downloadable version of the Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist, which details the 372 bird species reliably recorded in the area.