Loch Garten Nature Reserve, Boat of Garten

4.6
#3 of 10 in Wildlife in Aviemore
Loch Garten is a large Highland freshwater loch near Boat of Garten, in the Strathspey area of the Cairngorms National Park, in Scotland. It is surrounded by the tall pine trees of the Abernethy Forest, a large area of which is an RSPB nature reserve. The loch is renowned for its breeding population of ospreys, which lend Boat of Garten its nickname "The Osprey Village".
Careless behaviour towards the osprey in Britain throughout the 19th century meant that it became extinct as a breeding bird by the early 20th. However, in 1954 two Scandinavian breeding birds came to Garten completely of their own accord and set up a nest in the forest by the loch. Slowly the species recolonised Scotland, and the RSPB and other organisations helped them along the way . The reserve was purchased by the charity and since then the nest has always been closely monitored. Recently a viewing hide was built relatively near to the nest so that visitors may come and see these birds of prey easily. The hide has telescopes and other optical devices inside, as well as television screens showing close-up views of the fledglings and their parents. Live video and still pictures of the nest can be viewed on the RSPB Loch Garten Reserve web-site.
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  • We have visited Loch Garten and the RSPB reserve many time when holidaying and can never get enough of the place. Even in winter you can still walk to the closed RSPB centre and whilst the ospreys...  more »
  • If you have a love of birds then this is a wonderful place to visit in the winter.You are able to view birds up close and best of all, if you take some bird seed with you,you can get the birds coming....  more »
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  • Visited on a Sunday exactly a week ago- although the returning osprey had not arrived, the presentation was very informative. A wonderful volunteer (Laura) spent ages dissecting owl pellets with my children identifying the species that had been eaten by the skulls and teeth- a career in forensics awaits. Her enthusiasm made the visit memorable. Thank you.
  • Beautiful lake in the peaceful Cairngorms. the water was so still it looked like ice. We walked and picnicked and had a wonderful time
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