Loch Spynie is one of Moray’s hidden gems. A haven for wildlife and birdwatchers alike, head here for a chance to hear Water Rails squealing in the reedbeds, spot Osprey fishing in the loch, and Whooper Swans gathering on the water. Take a stroll along short trails and enjoy peaceful views of the loch from the hide, as well as the chance to spot year-round residents Red Squirrels and Otters.
The reserve doesn’t stop at the edges of Spynie loch, but takes in wet woodlands, fen meadow and the largest freshwater reedbed in Scotland – this make it the ideal spot for ducks, geese and swans. There’s also a nearby Scots Pine plantation whose wonderful old trees provide homes for creatures large and small.
At Spynie, RSPB Scotland works in partnership with the landowners, Pitgaveny Farms and Spynie Farms, to restore and maintain the wetlands and look after the water quality of the loch. The array of habitats at Loch Spynie is what makes this reserve so special. The loch is internationally recognised as an important home for wildlife through its designation as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA). It is also a Ramsar site. To find out more about these designations, head here.