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Loch Ruthven Nature Reserve - BirdForum Opus

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View of Loch Ruthven


Important site for breeding Slavonian Grebe.


Notable Species

This is the main UK breeding site for Slavonian (Horned) Grebe, with up to 16 pairs breeding. Red-throated Diver and Black-throated Diver regularly visit the loch sometimes breed. Osprey are daily visitors during summer.

Black Grouse can often be seen in the paddock on the opposite side of the loch from the hide. Common Redstarts and Common Redpolls breed in the birchwoods. Reed Buntings and Sedge Warblers breed in the reedbed.


Smew are occasional visitors in winter.


Birds you can see here include:

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Other Wildlife

Otters are present on the loch but rarely seen.

Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

Loch Ruthven lies 16 miles (25 km) south-west of Inverness. Turn west off the A9 on the B851 towards Fort Augustus then, after eight miles (13 km), turn right at Croachy on to the unclassified road (reserve is signed). The reserve lies one mile (1.6 km) along that road on the left-hand side.

Grid reference: NH638280

A small car park and hide, but it is a rough walk.

Contact Details

Tel: 01463 715000

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