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Wildlife Watching in the Cairngorms National Park

The National Park is a hotspot for British wildlife and is home to 25 per cent of Britain's threatened species. The high mountains, ancient forests, fields and moorlands are nationally and internationally important. There are wildcats, capercaillie, squirrels and pine martens in the woods, ospreys fishing the lochs and deer, badgers and golden eagles to be seen too.

Inspired by programmes such as BBC's Springwatch? Get out and see some wildlife for yourself - even in your own back garden - you can either keep your eyes peeled for darting red squirrels and soaring ospreys or you can go with a guide or watch from a hide - the choice is yours! From more on how to join an organised wildlife watching activity see the business listings below.

BBC Winterwatch, Springwatch AND Autumnwatch are coming from the Cairngorms in 2019! Based at the Dell of Abernethy they will be following some of our local wildlife characters through the seasons. 

Read our blog on the types of wildlife you can see in the Cairngorms National Park.
You can find out more information about all the Conservation Projects in the Cairngorms National Park here.

Visit our Pinterest Page for some beautiful shots of wildlife that can be found in the Cairngorms!

The following businesses can take you on a guided wildlife watching adventure in the Cairngorms.

1. Rewilding Retreat in the Cairngorms

Cairngorms National Park,KingussieT. [email protected]

2. Heatherlea Scotland

The Mountview Hotel,Nethy BridgeT. 01479 821248

3. Balmoral Luxury Landrover Safaris

Balmoral Castle,CrathieT. 013397 42534

4. Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safaris

18 Corbett Place,AviemoreT. 01479 811169

5. Cairngormnature

Gowdenstane,Newtonmore road,KingussieT. 07914647562

6. RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Centre Shop

Abernethy National Nature Reserve,Forest Lodge,Nethy BridgeT. 01479821409