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Category:Cairngorms National Park - BirdForum Opus

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Southern edge of the Park
Photo by AndrewG
Looking back down towards the Devils Elbow and Glenshee from Cairnwell, 2012


The largest of the National Parks in Britain, covering 3,800 km2.

It includes the Spey Valley, the Cairngorm and Grampian mountain ranges; Deeside and the head of the Angus Glens.

Notable Species

Most of the Scottish specialities can be found in the area, including Golden Eagle, Ptarmigan, Black Grouse, Scottish Crossbill, Crested Tit, Eurasian Dotterel and Capercaillie.

Site Information

There are two nature reserves within the park, Loch Garten and Insh Marshes.

Other sites nearby include Loch Ruthven Nature Reserve and Findhorn Valley.

Areas of Interest

The RSPB and the Forestry Commission have set up a viewing butt at the Coire na Ciste car park on the road up to the ski centre, to view a Black Grouse lek. Map Ref NH998073 [2]. Red Grouse and Ptarmigan may be scoped from the main ski centre car park Map

Cairnwell Ski Centre. Snow Bunting often seen in the car park. Red Grouse and Ptarmigan may be seen from the car park with a telescope Map.

External Links

  1. The Park
  2. RSPB Black Grouse Lek Viewing arrangements

Tourist Information Websites

Speyside and Badenoch


Strathdon and Eastern areas

Angus Glens and Southern areas

Pages in category ‘Cairngorms National Park’

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