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Dingwall and the surrounding areas have an abundance of interesting wildlife, from dolphins and seals in the Cromarty Firth, to Red Kites and Buzzards.  You don't have to look too hard to find a varied selection of animals and birds, you are literally surrounded and casual encounters with nature are commonplace.

In nearby Munlochy is the Black Isle Wildlife and Country Park, an ideal entertainment for all the family.


Seal Colony

To the north-east beyond the Ardullie roundabout, on the main A9 trunk road, is an excellent viewpoint to see the local seal colony.


The bottlenosed dolphins of the Moray Firth are perhaps the most famous cetacean species in the northern waters. Here, the cool rich feeding grounds allow them to grow bigger than bottlenose dolphins anywhere else in the world. The mouth of Cromarty Firth, Chanonry Point, North Kessock (visitor centre) and Fort George are all good watching places and dolphin cruises are also available. Minke and killer whales can also sometimes be seen.


Scotland is a bird-watchers paradise. Nearly 500 different bird species have been recorded here and birds such as collared doves, herons, buzzards, red kites and osprey are all to be found in the area.


The roe deer is primarily found in areas of mixed woodland but is capable of adapting to a wide variety of habitats. It is a small deer and is reddish-brown in summer, while greyer in winter months. The roe deer is generally more solitary than its larger red cousin, and is to be found at lower altitudes. They are distinguishable facially by a black 'moustache' stripe and white chin, and also by a cream coloured rump patch.

Pine Martens

Pine martens nearly became extinct in Britain in the 19th century because of persecution by game-rearing interests. The spread of commercial forestry helped them to recover, giving them expanded woodland cover and breeding space; Martens are happy to live in close proximity with people but can be difficult to find.



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