World-class wildlife right on your doorstep — that’s the area around Nethy Bridge. You can walk straight out of the house onto the Speyside Way. Within a few hundred metres, you would be walking through the farm which won a National Farmers Union Excellence Award for Farmland Biodiversity!
Local, village walks can be pre-arranged through Explore Abernethy Ranger during summer months. The ranger has asked us if we would record wildlife as we walk through the area – you can print out the list and mark them off if you wish.
A local father & son, keen wildlife watchers has created Strathspey Wildlife, a website full of images which may be worth browsing.
Alternatively Wildlife of the Aviemore and the Cairngorms area is an excellent introduction, with its individual species pages, written by Kenny Taylor – a regular contributor to BBC Wildlife Magazine
Reindeer, Tigers, Wolves and Bears
The Wildlife Park at Kincraig gives you a view of the Highlands as it was with wolves and bears and, of course, you may always go along to the The Cairngorm Reindeer to see, and maybe walk out to feed, the only herd of reindeer free to roam in Britain.
Ranger Walks & Wildlife Hides
To make the most of your enjoyment of all this wildlife and so much more, you could have an expert guide. For more informationon on organising a trip specially geared your group, both large or small Speyside Wildlife can help. They also run wildlife watching evenings at their ‘state of the art’ viewing hide on the famous Rothiemurchus Hide. There are regular sightings of Pine Marten and Badger, with the possibility of Red Deer, Roe Deer and you never know what else!
The RSPB Osprey Centre is a must for anyone interested in birds and their conservation. Primary & secondary schools may wish to have a look at the organised by schools visit programme.
Pine Martens, Crested Tits & Red Squirrel
The Pine Marten is very shy but here he is looking to see what is going on!
During any walk in the woods of Nethy Bridge and our nearby Dell Woods National Nature Reserve you may see Red Squirrels and wild birds such as Crested tits, Chaffinch and Coal tits on the feeders. You can check out the Squirrel camera at Abernethy Primary School between Easter to October when the Explore Abernethy Ranger is in post
Golden Eagle hunt wild uplands, Slavonian Grebe nest on forest lochs, and ancient pines harbour Scottish Crossbill and Capercaillie, Pine Marten and Red Squirrel.
There are delicate Twinflower and Emerald Damselfly, Ptarmigan croak amidst the snow patches of the Cairngorm plateau and Bottlenose Dolphins can be found along Moray Firth shores which are alive with seaduck.