Surrounded on 3 sides by the Abernethy Forest which is a remnant of the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest, the Nethy Bridge area boasts an impressive number of species – reckoned to number 4,500 of which 800 are rare or nationally scarce.
Everyone would like to see the Scottish Wild Cat, Red Squirrel, Crested Tit, Capercaillie and Scottish Crossbill. But there are many other species here which you might not see elsewhere: a creeping shrub called the Twinflower; the diminutive orchid called Creeping Ladies Tresses; the Pine Marten; Golden Eagle; Osprey. In addition there are rare mosses, hoverflies, ants, fungi and more.
The well known RSPB reserve at Loch Garten is in the Abernethy forest, on the doorstep of Nethy. In season, you can visit the hide to hopefully see ospreys at their nest or maybe even feeding their young.
There is also a ‘Caper Watch’ at the RSPB osprey hide – in season when the capercaillie are lekking – attracting a mate. Be prepared though, you have to get up very early in the morning to see it all happening!
See our page on the Abernethy Forest
Specialist wildlife tours
There are several specialist organisations in the area where it is possible to get escorted tours to hope to see certain species. You are guided by experts who know where, when and how to look for them.