Birdwatching in Moray

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Moray is the area that covers the area South of the Moray Firth between Aberdeenshire and Inverness City. Parts of this area also get called Banffshire and Aberdeenshire. It covers a good deal of the Northern and Eastern part of the Whisky trail and includes the area of outstanding natural beauty that is found along the Spey valley. The main city within the area is Elgin with its famous and spectacular cathedral but the whole area is stunning and the Moray Firth coastline has a wild and inspiring atmosphere.

  • Moray has the backdrop of the Grampian Mountains to its South-West and miles of often-deserted wide beaches and cliff-lined coastline. It makes for a wonderful area for nature and bird-watching both along the North-east coast above Aberdeen and along the Eastern end of the Moray Firth. The nature reserves that are particularly recommended include Red Moss of Netherley (particularly for wild flowers), and Coulnacraig Meadow (particularly for wild flowers and Yellowhammer, curlew, redshank, lapwing and snipe). These two above are both South of Aberdeen city. Also there is Gight Wood (for willow warbler, sedge warbler, jay and buzzards), Longhaven Cliffs (for Guillemot, kittiwake, shag, puffin and razorbill) and Spey Bay (for Osprey, redshank, wigeon, teal, goldeneye, mute swan, common and arctic tern)

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