RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Places to see birds


Adult black-tailed godwit in summer plummage, at the RSPB Snettisham nature reserve, Norfolk
Black-tailed Godwit, RSPB Images

Musselburgh is one of the best places to see birds of all kinds, from waders and gulls to larks and buntings. And it's right on Edinburgh's doorstep. At low tide there are hundreds of waders, gulls and ducks feeding on the exposed mud or in the Esk as it flows into the sea.

Just off the sea wall large numbers of ducks, such as Scoter and Eider can be seen feeding or resting on the water. In winter their numbers are swelled by visitors like Long-tailed Duck, Slavonian and Black-necked Grebe and Red-throated Diver.

The bird reserve offers a resting place for many of the birds when the tide is in and allows great viewing opportunities from the three hides.

The scrub alongside the paths is home to Skylark, Reed Bunting, Twite and many other small birds.