rspblogo.jpg (2777 bytes) INSH MARSHES Nature Reserve

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Three hides overlook the marsh.  In spring and early summer look out for breeding wading birds and wildfowl.  Roe deer are always present and buzzards and hen harriers are sometimes seen overhead.  Red squirrels feed on hazelnuts in autumn.   In winter there are often whooper swans, mallards, teals and wigeons.  The 'islands' you see in the floodplain are gravel deposits left by the last glaciers.

In summer buzzards, redstarts, spotted flycatchers, tree pipits, great spotted woodpeckers, wood and willow warblers are among the birds in the woods.  In winter large flocks of chaffinches, siskins, redpolls, fieldfares and redwings can be seen.

This glacial escarpment overlooks Invertromie Farm with views along the length of the floodplain.  A good spot to see birds of prey and geese.

Over 500 species of plants have been identified on the reserve with 150 recorded on Tromie Meadow alone.  Fragrant and heath spotted orchid grow here in abundance.   In late summer look for field gentians.  On warm, sunny summer days Scotch argus, meadow brown, small heath and orange tip butterflies can be seen.  You may see a dipper, grey wagtail or an otter on the river.

Birch scrub is growing rapidly on the area of moor land.  Meadow pipits and occasionally tree pipits can be seen in summer.  Sparrowhawks and buzzards may pass over in the hope of spotting a meal of small mammal.

When on the reserve look out for . . .

in the Spring (March to June) - breeding waders and wildfowl on the floodplain - goldeneye on the lochs and river
in the Summer (June to August) - orchids on Invertromie meadow - scotch argus butterflies in woodland glades
in the Autumn (September to November) - red squirrels feeding on hazelnuts - fungi, autumn leaves and rowan berries
in the Winter (November to March) - whooper swans on lochs and marshland - flocks of redwings and fieldfares