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 here often. Found the addition of a visitor experience warden to be worthwhile as he pointed out squirrel, woodpecker and other species for the guests. Lots of engagement activities go...  more »
  • Usual RSPB reserve with knowledgeable and friendly staff. Superb senery.On site catering could be improved. Unfortunately Osprey not nesting for the first time in 15 years.  more »
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  • Quite small lovely for small children I would imagine. It was closed for a school trip we still talked to the guides and they gave us some bird feed to feed the birds from you hands. This only happens in the winter and you have to be patient it was beautiful.
  • Nice for a bike ride through the forest or walk one of the trails. You can visit the osprey centre too where they have cameras so you can see them more easily if they are around. Peaceful loch.
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