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Scotland's largest dune bound loch boasts a diverse range of habitats including open water, wader scrapes, reedbed, alder carr, scrubland and a small conifer plantation.
The reserve has an enviable record for turning up rarities.
In 2008 Strathbeg became the first Scottish location to boast all 3 species of marsh terns (Black, White Winged Black and Whiskered) in one year. Other rarities this year have included Upland Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope, Temminck's Stint, White Stork, Greenish Warbler and Dotterel.
In April 2008 Strathbeg became the only site in Scotland to have had 2 Great White Egrets resident at a time.
The main highlight for 2009 so far at Strathbeg has been a Stilt Sandpiper, present for a few days in mid July.
Birds you can see here include:
18 species of butterfly have been recorded including the Dark Green Fritillary.
20 species of mammal have been seen and Otters use the loch.
310 species of plant have been identified on the reserve.
History and Use
Areas of Interest
Access and Facilities
From A90 in the village of Crimond, take the turn beside Kirk, following the brown tourist sign to nature reserve. At the T-junction at the end of the road, turn left. After approximately 500 m, turn right at brown reserve sign onto the entrance track and follow the track to the car park.
Grid reference: NK055577
RSPB 01346 532017