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“A must visit place for natural wildlife lovers” 4 of 5 stars
Review of RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Reserve

RSPB Loch Garten Osprey Reserve
Loch Garten, Aviemore, Scotland
01479 831476
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Ranked #10 of 31 things to do in Aviemore
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Owner description: RSPB Osprey and Nature Reserve on Loch Garten near Aviemore, Scotland.
Hampshire
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“A must visit place for natural wildlife lovers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

I visited in May and found this a great place. It's a lovely drive through Boat of Garten past the Loch itself, and the centre is very easy to find and well signposted. Plenty of parking and very helpful staff on entering.
Right by the entrance were some bird feeders and they were visited by a Crested Tit whilst I was ther. Thanks to Tim (?) who pointed this out whilst I had my back to it.
The short walk to the hide is very pleasant and then there is plenty to do - apart from the obvious highlight ofr watvhing the Osprey nest, This can be seen with your own binoculars, the scopes set up by the staff, or from the wbecams on the tv screens. There are also feeders set out so that you can watch all the various Tits, Finches etc. who were really active whilst I was there. I also spotted a Woodpecker, and even a vole picking up dropped seeds on the ground.
I didn't see any Red Squirrels but they are regular visitors too.
There are reference books and information guides around and the staff here were also very helpful.
For a small centre the shop was well stocked and seemed popular. Overall the centre was busy but not crowded and the other visitors were friendly and respectful
All in all a great way to spend some time - as much or as little as you like. I would have stayed much longer but I wasn't able to,

Visited May 2013
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“Odin, EJ and chicks will be forever in our memory”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

what more can we say - Odin, the male, EJ, the female and chicks will remain in our minds for life. The staff wer eoutstanding in terms of explanations, offering you better views of the nest using cameras or binoculars etc. They were more than willing to answer questions and were so helpful. they made the trip so worthwhile.

Visited June 2013
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“Enjoyable visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Had a lovely walk around the loch after our visit, well worth the effort. Centre is well staffed with enthusiastic staff. Second visit and still love going.

Visited June 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“New chick hatched”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Free entry to RSPB members. You can see the ospreys from the hide and on camera. Well informed and friendly staff will happily discuss whats going on. Ample free parking, lovely woodland walks to spot the red squirrels.

Visited June 2013
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“Amazing place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Really enjoyed the great facilities they have to observe the ospreys. A huge amount of interesting material in the centre as well as plenty of well-informed volunteers and staff make it a great place for a visit. Added value from the red squirrels and birdlife you can also see.

Visited July 2012
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