Wildlife and bird-watching
Moorfield House is located within a village that is surrounded by woodlands and moors and with one of the major Scottish rivers, the Spey, flowing along side it.
From otters, badgers, pine martens and the Scottish wildcat to vast herds of red deer, all of Britain’s grouse species, the protected red squirrel, the Cairngorms has it all. A little patience will reward even the most inexperienced wildlife watcher.
We are very lucky to have local Allan Bantick on our doorstep who can provide guided walks and information on wildlife in the area – Allan also provided the beautiful badger picture for us.
The area in and around Boat of Garten (The Osprey Village) is renowned for bird watching opportunities.
The village has it’s own Loch, Milton Loch. Here you will find a Heronry with about a dozen breeding pairs, also Little Grebe, Goldeneye, Mallard, Coots and Moorhen. Woodcock regularly fly over a particular area in the village and just outside the village there are Slavonian Grebe and Wigeon. At the River Spey you may see Dipper, Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Great Spotted Woodpecker and of course Osprey.
Abernethy Forest RSPB reserve (2 mlies) has Capercallie (the Springtime Capercaillie watch is not to be missed) Scottish Crossbill and Crested Tit. Loch Garten is famous for it’s breeding pair of Osprey.
If you want more information the RSPB website contains useful information for Bird watchers. The site gives details of all of the RSPB nature reserves, six of which are within easy reach from Boat of Garten and many others can be reached on a days’ trip.
Wildlife in the Cairngorm National Park
It is not just about birdwatching here in the heart of the Cairngorms there are also wonderful tours organised by Speyside Wildlife and why not try a bit of reindeer spotting or take a trip to visit the famous Highland Wildlife Park – a great day out for all the family.