Lochs, Rivers and Wetlands Wildlife

The rivers Spey and Dee are two of the most famous rivers in Scotland and both are havens for wildlife. 

 

 

These rivers are reknowned for their salmon, but are also home to otters, ospreys, freshwater pearl mussels and a host of other rare species. Water voles, recently cited as Britain's fastest declining species, are making a return.The easiest way to see these rivers on foot is by following the Speyside way and the Deeside way. A canoe trip is also highly recommended to view their spectacular wildlife at close quarters. South west of Aviemore are the Insh Marshes, the UK’s largest functioning natural floodplain 7.5 km long and up to 1.5 km wide.

 

In Deeside, Lochs Davan and Kinord are sites of European importance and are home to wonderful concentrations of geese and waterfowl.

WHERE TO GO

Lochs, rivers and wetlands with paths and facilities

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Tips on wildlife you may see and how to identify it

HOW TO HELP

What can you do to look after our outstanding watercourses - click here for more

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