RSPB Osprey Centre Loch Garten
In the heart of beautiful Abernethy Forest, at a location shared with stunning Loch Garten, lies the brilliant Osprey Centre. Packed with wildlife, bird and tree life, Loch Garten is famed for its resident Ospreys during the months of April to August.
The RSPB Osprey Centre is situated in the Caledonian pine forest of Abernethy within the eastern Scottish Highlands. Over fifty thousand visitors enjoy the centre, it’s resident wildlife and gorgeous scenery every year.
The beauty of the Osprey Centre and the predominant draw to the place is its running soap opera where the plot is centred upon the intriguing nesting habits of resident ospreys. The drama is guaranteed to have you biting your nails to the quick as the action unfolds. CCTV cameras at strategic locations ensure you are able to catch up with all Osprey Centre action as and when it happens. There are additionally binoculars and scopes provided at the centre for your convenience so there is no reason to miss out on the magnificent sight of the ospreys and their nest. The centre staff (a lovely bunch of people) are on hand to provide further information when required.
There is much more to the centre than it’s resident ospreys. There are a number of bird species who share with them the spotlight. Watch out for the regular visitors like the Crested, Blue, Great and Coal Tits, the Capercaillie, the Greater Spotted Woodpecker and more. Wildlife of a feathered kind are not you will see here, look out for roe and red deer, red squirrel, dragonflies and many more.
Visitors to the centre with reduced mobility will not miss a thing! The centre is RSPB DDA audited for the benefit of visitors with disabilities. There are parking spaces particularly designated for disabled visitors although there is never usually a problem parking close to the centre. Getting from the car park to the centre involves a short distance followed by a short and gently sloped ramp. The Osprey Centre is basically on the one level and offers plenty of space for manoeuvrability. Fixed scopes and binoculars are provided at a height that is convenient for a wheelchair user while maximizing on the views.
Toilets at the car park and the Osprey Centre are ‘wheelchair friendly’. There is one wheelchair available at the centre for anybody who needs it.
To get to the centre, follow the road signs for “RSPB Osprey Centre” from the A95/B9150. The number 34 bus will deliver you from Aviemore to the Raebreck Junction where you follow the signposted footpath for about two and a half kilometres to the Osprey Centre.
Remember, it is not just about the ospreys here at the Osprey Centre! Enthusiasts of the enigmatic Capercaillie can join the centre’s ‘CaperWatch’ during the month of Spring. However, visitors in Autumn till Spring will find only the nature trails in full glory as the Osprey Centre is closed outside of the Osprey season.
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