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.