the Loch of Strathbeg near Peterhead in Aberdeenshire there are 80,000 Pink footed
Geese in residence during early autumn. That's a quarter of the world's population!
addition, there is a huge variety and abundance of other wildfowl including Whooper
Swans, Barnacle Geese, Widgeon and Teal as well as Golden Plovers and Lapwings.
We're dipping into some top freshwater habitats - lakes,
lochs and rivers that you should explore this autumn.
- Many freshwater areas are great places for watching
the spectacle of Salmon leaping in the autumn.
- Visitor Guide
Grid reference: NK055577|
Walking shoes. Binoculars
and scopes for bird watching.
Fungi identification field guide.
Explorer backpacks are available free from the visitor centre - bug jars, binoculars
and guide books for children.
Bird watching - four
hides plus trails. RSPB autumn Goose Watch. Great crested Grebes in summer.
events and children's activities.
Fungi forays. Roe Deer.
is a dune slack loch - the biggest of its type in the UK.
centre with trail guides and information.
Tower Pool Hide provides panoramic views of the main goose
roosting and feeding areas (dawn until dusk). Located 10 minute walk from the
Fen and Bay hides near Crimond Airfield (8 am-4 pm).
access: All access routes are being upgraded to make them suitable for users of
all abilities. All hides and paths are being adapted for wheelchairs. Disabled
20 minutes drive from Peterhead and 1 mile north of Crimond. Signposted from A90.
rail station: Inverurie (30 miles) - public transport links are difficult.
bus stop: Crimond village.
Visitor centre open daily
8 am-6 pm. Loch hides open 8am-4 pm daily, except Christmas and New Year's Day.
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