Scotland’s eastern coastline in between Arbroath and Aberdeenshire is loaded with a quantity of engaging stops. From the Seaton Cliffs and Lunan Bay to St. Cyrus NNR and the subject of today’s post, RSPB Fowlsheugh, there’s extra than adequate to warrant this route for the avenue into the northern highlands (and I haven’t even talked about Dunnottar Castle till proper now).
Scotland is for the birds. My grandma applied to say that in reference to anything not becoming worth one’s time, but I use it right here to actually indicate that Scotland is a location for birds and, by extension, birders. I initial assumed it ought to be the whisky in the air simply because who wouldn’t flock toward that delightful aroma, but it didn’t take lengthy to comprehend seabirds favor the liminal areas in between water and land: Cliffs. With virtually 800 islands and extra than six,000 miles of coastline, Scotland has a lot of genuine estate for these avian explorers.
One particular of the techniques Scotland caters to birds and bird-lovers is via Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) sanctuaries like Fowlsheugh. The RSPB was founded in 1889 to market the conservation and protection of birds and their habitats, and currently you can uncover RSPB sanctuaries across Scotland. They often make for a great day out in the countryside even if you seriously are not into birds all that substantially (like me).
I followed a narrow dirt path as it snaked along the clifftops and along inlets and geos. Birds careened under, squacking and calling as they wheeled in the May possibly sunshine. Far under the North Sea surged against the rocks. These clifftop walks are no joke. There are not rails or fences to hold you from foolishly tumbled to your doom, so take care on the path even though gawping at the beauty.
Nesting birds make their houses on major of the cliffs as nicely as in just about every nook and cranny perpendicular to the sea. The stoney facades develop into a sort of bird hive right here at Fowlsheugh, which, incidentally, signifies “bird cliffs.” Aptly named, Scotland.
RSPB Fowlsheugh is identified to dwelling puffins at specific instances of the year, and wherever puffins are they instantaneously steal the spotlight. Certain, they’re eye-catching small toucan penguins, but what about the kittiwakes, fulmars, and oystercatchers?
Periodically I’d cease on a bench and gaze at the sea, looking for dolphins and grey seals and answers to life’s mysteries. I didn’t spot any sea life this day, but you’d be shocked how frequently you will spy seals bobbing in the water or baking on rocks.
By the time I’d completed my jaunt along the lovely clifftops of RSPB Fowlsheugh I’d counted about 130,000 birds. That is how several nest right here in the spring and summer season. It really is 1 of nature’s spectacles.
RSPB Fowlsheugh is a fantastic cease on the eastern route north to the heart of Aberdeenshire and just a quick distance from Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven. I’d advocate a check out to everyone interested in birds, hiking and walking, and lovely views, which is every person who comes to Scotland. Ideal?