Loch Fleet Nature Reserve
Loch Fleet is a good example of a large tidal basin with sand dunes, mudflats, coastal heath and pinewoods. The pinewoods support Scottish crossbills, crested tits and pine martens, as well as woodland plants, such as one-flowered wintergreens. Otters and seals may be seen, and ospreys and terns fish in the estuary during summer.
Paths lead through the reserve.
RSPB Nigg Bay
Nigg Bay is an extensive area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland on the Cromarty Firth. Visit any time between October and March and you're sure to see countless wading birds and wildfowl, such as bar-tailed godwits, knots, pink-footed geese and wigeon, feeding and roosting on the mudflats, moving with the tide in and out of the bay.
The best time to visit is two hours either side of high-tide, as the birds are pushed up closer to the hide.
The summer months bring breeding birds to the wetland areas and saltmarsh. We are also creating a new area of wet grassland to attract breeding lapwings and redshanks. There is a car park and wheelchair-accessible hide.
Tollie Red Kites
Tollie Red Kites is a partnership between RSPB Scotland and the Brahan Estate. With stunning views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis, Tollie Red Kites provides close-up views of our most graceful bird of prey. A team of volunteers feed the birds every day and you can watch them feed from the comfort of a specially-converted farmstead building.
A threatened landscape, peatlands have vanished across much of Scotland, but the RSPB is helping to preserve this vital area of internationally important habitat. Summer is the time to come, when golden plovers, hen harriers and greenshanks breed.
Why not come on a guided bog walk to get up close to the fascinating flora and fauna? You'll see carnivorous plants like sundew and butterwort, as well as creepy crawlies like great diving beetles. The visitor centre also has games and activities for children.
Tollie Red Kites