As the seasons change, the wildlife in Scotland stays as lively and colourful as the last. Nature reserves are some of the best places to absorb yourself in the natural world and become closer to some of Scotland's most incredible endangered species.
From the quiet of a hide, make use of binoculars to see majestic birds of prey such as a nesting pair of ospreys with their young in the Highland retreat. In some cases, you will be so close that you will need just your eyes to absorb the awesome sight of red deer or the more elusive otters.
Each reserve is different to the previous one, some bathed in peace whilst others are buzzing with activity. The seabird colonies of Orkney and Shetland, for example, are alive with noise and movement from puffins, fulmars, guillemots, Arctic skuas. More breed in cliff faces and feed their young. Wetlands over the country draw in all kinds of wildfowl and waders, such as migrating pink-footed geese who come in the autumn.
It's Scotland's broad landscapes that brings in this variety of wildlife with habitats amongst rugged mountains and wild moorland, old pine forests and coastline. Browse our choices to plan a visit to the many nature reserves and hides around the country.