wildlifelargeWith the farmlands and wide river-valleys of the Lowland edge, then the woods, moorland and high mountains above, there is certainly a great variety of habitat. Comparatively undisturbed and unspoilt, all this means the area is great for wildlife.

Some of it is quite high-profile. You'll hear the red deer stags roaring in autumn if you walk the Cateran Trail. In winter, they're often conspicuous on the higher sections of the A93. There are raptors galore all year round – golden eagle on the high tops, while buzzards are so common we don't even mention them! Red kites are not very far away, hen harriers are also encountered, and peregrine and merlin are definitely around.  And our most spectacular summer visitor is the osprey at Loch of the Lowes (and lots of other places, too, if you know where to look).

Everyone's favourite, the red squirrel, has quite a stronghold here, with the less commonly seen pine marten also present. Otters are certainly around  and, if you're very lucky, there might be a glimpse of a wildcat. In short, for birdwatchers and wildlife photographers this is a great area, while botanists have the famous mountain flora of the Angus Glens, notably Corrie Fee, to discover in one direction, and the alpine flowers of Ben Lawers in the other. Adding to the list are well-known wildlife places such as the Loch of Lintrathen near Kirriemuir, famous for its wildfowl, as is the Montrose Basin, down on the Angus coastline.

Yes, there's a lot to see here – bring your telephoto lens.


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