Wildlife

At Tullochwood we have our very own wildlife and we do our best to ensure they are happy.  The lochan has duck and moorhens, red squirrels are often seen in the trees around the lodges and roe deer can be seen in the wood itself.  Our bird feeders attract an array of wild birds and we have books in each lodge to help you identify them.

See native red squirrels in their natural habitat

See red squirrels in their natural habitat

Nearby, in the parks and forests of Moray and the surrounding area, you can see much more of our native wildlife – as well as some visitors!

North 58º Sea Adventures Jump onboard for an exhilarating trip out to the Moray Firth, exploring the beautiful Moray coastline and its amazing and abundant wildlife , operating out of Findhorn just 15 minutes in the car from Tullochwood, North 58º Sea Adventures offers you the chance to do something a little different with a truly unique experience.- www.north58.co.uk – 01309 690099

The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in the UK. Here you’ll find thriving communities, unique wildlife and plants, moorlands, forests, rivers, lochs and arctic mountain landscape – www.cairngorms.co.uk – 01479 873535

Culbin Forest is a beautiful coastal pine forest, planted in the 1920s to help stabilise the drifting sand dunes. It is abundant with plantlife, birds, insects, pondlife as well as being home to a great many mammals of all sizes but many are seldom seen.  You’ll need patience and a willingness to sit, watch and wait – but with the chance of seeing roe deer, badgers, otters, red squirrels or the famous Findhorn Bay Seal colony, there are few places better to do this than Culbin.Find out more

The Dolphin & Seal Centre is a small visitor attraction with views of the Kessock Channel, which provides an opportunity to look for dolphins and seals. There is a children’s play corner with quizzes, colouring and dolphin detective activities.  Free admission. www.wdcs.org –  01343 820339

The Highland Wildlife Park lets you experience Scottish wildlife, as well as internationally endangered animals of mountains and tundra, in a spectacular setting close to Kingussie.  Drive around the main reserve in your own car and then investigate the walk-round area by foot.  www.highlandwildlifepark.org  – 01540 651270

Loch Garten is the ancestral home of the osprey in Scotland. The Osprey Centre, set amongst the rare native caledonian pinewood of Abernethy Forest, overlooks the nest of these spectacular fish-eating birds of prey. A combination of binoculars, telescopes, CCTV cameras and expert staff help you enjoy the antics of these, most famous of Scottish birds.  www.rspb.org.uk – 01479 831476

Monaughty Forest – as well as the more common mammals, look out for the shy pine marten, a pinewood relative of stoats, weasels and mink.  Find out more

Ordiequish – the woods are home to 2% of the UK’s capercaille population.  They are active during the months of March and April. To keep disturbance to a minimum, please keep all dogs on the lead where our signs request it. Find out more

Quarrelwood Woodland Park – the wood is home to a variety of small mammals, including woodmice, hedgehogs and red squirrels and there a fair chance of seeing roe deer early and late in the day when it’s quiet. You can also find many species of small birds, including tits, wren, siskin and willow warbler, as well as hear the great spotted woodpecker and buzzards.  In summer look out for Speckled Wood butterflies.  Find out more  

Roseisle – red squirrels are active throughout the forest, but best seen when few visitors are about.   There’s also a chance of seeing seals and dolphins out from the shore. Winter birdwatchers have a good chance of seeing common and velvet scoters, and long-tailed and eider ducks. Waders include dunlin, redshank, ringed plover and bar-tailed godwit.Find out more

Whiteash Wood (Winding Walks)– one of the few remaining areas in the north east where a population of Capercaillie still exists. Ospreys have successfully nested in this wood for over 25 years.  Find out more

The Wildlife Centre, based at the mouth of the River Spey on the southern side of the Moray Firth, is a wildlife haven that is home to ospreys, grey and harbour seals, otters, wildfowl and waders. Set on a 450 hectare nature reserve with exhibitions, café and shop, it’s a fantastic day out – and FREE!  www.wdcs.org  – 01343 820339

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