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Photo by Delia Todd
Eden Estuary from the Guardbridge Hide



The Eden Estuary / Eden Estuary Nature Reserve is located where the River Eden meets the North Sea.

It's a large area, primarily intertidal mud, and sand flats, with a range of uses, especially bird watching. A large number of small plants and animals can also be found here.

The Fife Coast & Countryside Trust has a visitor center at Guardbridge which affords a good spot from which to begin your birding journey. [2]


Notable Species

Grey Plover
Photo © by delia todd
Eden Estuary, Fife Scotland October 8, 2005

The significant food supply here has helped to draw and support many species and large counts of birds.

Some of the noted species include the Black-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover, Shelduck, and Red-breasted Merganser.

With it being adjacent to the North Sea, there is the possibility of seeing species of marine life as well. [2]


Some of the species not as commonly seen in this area[1] include the Long-tailed Duck, Ruff, Eurasian Spoonbill, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Mistle Thrush, Stock Dove, Little Gull, Common Raven, and the Coal Tit.


Birds you can see here include:

Eurasian Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Northern Lapwing, Red Knot, Common Gull, Herring Gull, European Golden-Plover, Rock Pigeon, Eurasian Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, European Goldfinch, Mute Swan, Black-bellied Plover, Mallard, Common Ringed Plover, Whooper Swan, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Common Goldeneye, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Common Chaffinch, Great Cormorant, Little Egret

Other Wildlife

There is the possibility of seeing Otters and Common Seals.

In addition Dolphins have been known to venture into the Estuary.

Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Nearby Sites of Interest

Kilconquhar Loch

Kilconquhar Loch is a freshwater loch, with an ongoing birding presence, near a town by that same name in the Fife area.

The pronunciation of Kilconquhar is not what one might think, based upon the spelling of it, but correctly pronounced is, instead, Kin-nuchar. [5]

Access and Facilities

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) is the closest airport to the Eden Estuary offering scheduled airline services.

Consult a trusted travel professional for specific, up-to-date information.

Contact Details

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  1. eBird - Eden Estuary Centre - https://ebird.org/hotspot/L971448
  2. Eden Estuary Nature Reserve – Fife Coast and Countryside Trust - https://fifecoastandcountrysidetrust.co.uk/walks/local-nature-reserves-others/eden-estuary-nature-reserve/

Recommended Citation

External Links

  1. BirdForum thread, Eden Estuary News
  2. Guardbridge on Streetmap


  1. Eden Estuary on Google Maps