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Woodlands | Abernethy Forest

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Abernethy Forest in is one of the oldest woodlands in the Britain, renowned for its soaring Scots Pines, its stunning Ospreys, and abundance of wildlife.

Located in the Eastern Highlands of Scotland, Abernethy is home to some amazing plants and animals and offers one of the country's unique wildlife experiences. It is one of the last remnants of the Caledonian pine forest which once covered the country.

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The great thing about woodlands is that they offer little windows into the past. If you know what you're doing, you can get a rough idea of how old a forest is.

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Our woods offer amazing opportunities for wildlife watching. Why not take a few tips from the Hands on Nature team? Try your hand at deer watching or birding.


Abernethy Forest - Visitor Guide

Address:Boat of Garten, Near Aviemore, Highlands, Scotland.
Postcode: PH25 3EF
Telephone:01479 831476 - Osprey Centre
01479 812498 - Pine Marten Watch
Key attractions:Bird watching. Forest trails.
Essential kit:Binoculars (can be hired on site).
Nature watching:The best time to visit Abernethy is April to July to see birds, plants and insects. RSPB Dawn Safaris start in the spring - contact RSPB for details. June is a great time to see the Pine Martens from the hide.
Access:Access to Osprey centre is 350 m from car park along a wide, stone path with a short section of 1:15 gradient. A ramp gives access to the centre. A number of different height viewing slots provide excellent views of nesting ospreys. Adapted toilet 25 m from Osprey Centre car park. Special facilities for visually impaired visitors.

Getting there:By car - 16 km east of Aviemore between the villages of Boat of Garten and Nethybridge off the B970. Follow the RSPB Osprey signs (in season). By train - Aviemore 10 miles.

Opening times:All year round. The reserve is open at all times. The Osprey Centre is open daily from early April to mid May from 5.30am to 8pm.
Charges:Forest open free of charge.

Osprey Centre - adults £2.50; children 50p; concessions £1.50. Telescopes and binoculars are available to use.

Caperwatch - adults £3; children free.

Pine Marten Hide - expect to pay about £15.

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