Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve

Merkinch Local Nature Reserve
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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zenn91
Vicenza, Italy360 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I'm not sure how we reached the place as we were just walking along the shore, but what a lovely surprise find such a nice place so close to Inverness city centre.
In the area there are some paths along wood and pools where is possible to spot wildlife, we spotted ducks and grey herons but if you are lucky you can spot kingfisher too.
The real highlight tought is the path facing the Moray firth who shows his best potential at low tide when plenty of birds come to feed and it's possible to spot oystercatchers, swans ,curlew, geese , ducks and so on.
Well worth a visit.
Written October 3, 2021
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glendruidh
61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Solo
Just a short distance from the centre of Inverness is the Merkinch Nature reserve. This is a must for lovers of Birds, especially water birds. The reserve is well managed with a very good path through the reserve. On one side of the path you have the sea shore with oyster catchers, herons, curlews with many other birds depending on the season. There is a thoughtful seat halfway along the path for those that like to just stop and stare. On the other side of the path there is a rough bit of ground with shrubs and trees. This also attracts many birds and small mammals. As you get towards the canal end there is a good size pond with many ducks. I don't want to say too much about the many reasons to come here because its a place to explore and find out for yourself. Congratulations to the people that manage this wonderful place with a great website as well.
Written January 23, 2013
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Davy1950inv
Inverness, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a lovely area to walk through, with well set out paths and walkways.Have spotted deer,cranes,kingfishers as well as lots of geese and ducks.Well worth a visit.
Written September 23, 2019
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Tessa F
Paignton, Devon33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
This is not a nature reserve ! The small area at the mouth of the river with a path around is littered with cans, empty packets & its full of dead trees. Calling it a Nature Reserve really stretches the imagination.
Please tidy this area up - provide bins, voluntary watdens- it need love not litter !
Written October 12, 2020
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Irene V
Swords543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This nature reserve is located at approx. 20 min. walk from the center of Inverness, on the north-west of the city near the harbour. There is a path leading sometimes within the reserve and sometimes along its border. It is possible to see various types of finches (goldfinch and bullfinch for example), as well as various types of water birds (oystercatcher, herring gull, great black-backed gull, grey heron). The farthest corner of the reserve connects to the water gates of Inverness, a plave witha tremendous view of the bay, where you can spot the occasional wild duck with ducklings sheltering among the gates against the worst of the tides. The reseve and water gates are a suggestive part of a longer trail of Inverness water ways thatconnects furthes west and south with the canal and the river Ness. Don't miss it.
Written July 13, 2017
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The_Wilderbeast
Kimito, Finland154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Family
Local people and professionals have come together to create a fabulous, abundant and beautiful nature reserve in a an area of Inverness off the the tourist track and usually thought of as more run down. It is worth a visit as some rare gems are to be found there and it's a fine example of a wildlife retreat for any town or city. Well done to everyone involved and thanks!
Written August 21, 2016
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Ina
Inverness, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Solo
what a fabulous place to visit ,i go down most days on my lunchbreak .Plenty parking spaces and picnic benches the view is stunning .I have often seen dolphins and lots of other wildlife .Lots of lovely walks down there also .
Written November 8, 2013
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ginnymarney
England31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
We were walking along the Canal from the Titanic Museum and spotted the signs for the Nature Reserve. We needed to have our late lunch and spent an enjoyable time watching the oyster catchers and other birds whilst sitting at a picnic table down near the pool. We obviously missed seeing many of the delights of the Reserve because we were unadventurous and a bit tired but have promised ourselves to revisit it, armed with nature guides... and more food and drink to spend few hours. It is obviously popular with dog walkers too.
Written August 18, 2013
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tevia406
Scottish Borders, UK167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
great we did it yesterday on our bikes went along Caledonian canal turn down for the nature reserve lovely an a summer night we cycled along the coast road right to the old ferry point see fish jumping out of water a seal and even some dolphins when we got to the point great walk for hikers not that far but really nice seen lots of wild life go and discover it really surprised how much we enjoyed it
Written July 29, 2013
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loblie
Budapest, Hungary92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
Maybe we were there at the wrong time, I'm sure the place looks different at high tide. We saw some birds (sorry, I don't know the species, but see the photo), and had a leisurely walk around. One tip: if you want to reach the place by public transport, do not believe Google, there is only one bus that serves the area, No7. It goes from the city centre every 30 minutes. However, plan the outing for the morning or early afternoon, since the last bus back goes around 6pm.
Written July 11, 2019
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