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Guide to the animals, birds and nature of Aberdeenshire and where to go to visit centres and take organised guided trips:
Aberdeenshire has some stunning Countryside where you can see animals in their natural habitat. This includes our most famous export the
Aberdeen Angus who can be seen in many a farmer's field idly
watching the world go by.
A one hour drive from the City through the beautiful rugged Buchan coast takes you to Macduff Marine Aquarium which has tanks full of the sea life that live in our waters.
Aberdeen City Council run a farm using traditional farming techniques and it is open to visitors. Children and adults can see the rare breeds and feed them. Read more on our Doonies Farm Aberdeen review for more information.
Royal Deeside is famed for its
salmon fishing where anglers enjoy the stunning scenery and fish in
abundance. You can also see the salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh in Banchory. For the opportunity to see the birds and sealife of coastal Aberdeenshire visit our Sea Angling Boat Trips Boddam Peterhead to Bullers of Buchan and Cruden Bay page.
I have published a book which tells the story of an Aberdonian military nurse who returns from Afghanistan and encounters The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital. The novel reveals her origins and takes him to a pre-war Duthie Park, modern day Cruden Bay and back to the past to the Battle of Loos in World War One where he witnesses the Gordon Highlanders in action. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by me, CG Buswell, and each book will feature a well known Aberdeen ghost and Aberdeenshire area as well as modern Scottish Infantry in action. Read the first chapter for free.
The centres below are great to visit and most have organised trips, displays and centres. Most are children orientated and combine education with fun.
RSPB Nature Reserve
Dolphin Watching - includes information of where to see seals, porpoises and whales.
Hazlehead Park - Pets Corner
Each year the RSPB Scotland organise a goose watch event in Aberdeen at dawn and dusk. Read the Goose Watch page for more information.
In 2007 Red Kites were reintroduced to Aberdeenshire by RSPB Scotland. Read more
about this in our Red Kite Aberdeen page.
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The Red Squirrel can often be sighted around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire around the woodlands and even rural areas such as Ellon. Many of the castles have large grounds with
a heavy population. The red squirrels of Scotland account for about 75% of the UK population.
Scottish Wildlife Trust are concerned that the incidence of squirrelpox is increasing in areas of Scotland such as Lockerbie. The borders of Scotland have seen an increase in squirrelpox thought to be carried by the grey squirrel of England. It is feared it may harm the red squirrel population of Grampian as it spreads throughout Scotland. There is a squirrel sighting survey at the Scottish Wildlife Trust website of www.scottishsquirrelsurvey.co.uk
In addition safe zones will be set up across Scotland to protect the estimated 121,000 red squirrels throughout Scotland. These safe zones, run by the Scottish Red
Squirrel Action Plan, will reduce the grey squirrel population to prevent them competing for food and spreading the squirrel pox virus. For example when a populated area is identified there will be natural barriers placed to prevent grey squirrels entering the area. Trees that grey squirrels prefer will no longer be planted in the red squirrel safe zones. These include oak, beech and hazel trees.
Sadly some red squirrels at Haddo House and Haddo Country Park had been run over by careless drivers. The Estate is asking drivers to slow down to the 15mph speed limit
to help prevent these needless deaths.
For an all day and fun wildlife nature visit we recommend
Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling.
Parrot handling takes place on Monday 11 April 2011 from 10am – 4pm at
Union Square Aberdeen Shopping Centre when exotic rainforest parrots fly into Union Square over the school Easter holidays. These parrot handling sessions for the kids take place at the Union Square Shopping Centre atrium area.
The two colourful Australian rainforest parrots are called Bindi, an Eastern Rosella, and Sui, a Galah Cockatoo, In addition to the parrot handling session there will be giant millipedes and cockroaches which are natural rainforest friends of the parrots.