Wildlife in the Tweed Valley

Wildlife in the Tweed Valley

While people and their activities have influenced the upper Tweed Valley for many centuries, this area is also one of great natural beauty and home to a diversity of wildlife.

For bird-watchers the highlight is probably the osprey. Around a dozen pairs of these charismatic fish-eating birds of prey now nest in the Tweed Valley and they can be viewed on high-definition cameras at the special Osprey Watch Centres at Glentress and Kailzie Gardens, near Peebles. There are also cameras trained on the nests of other birds such as swallows, nuthatches and buzzards. Elsewhere in the area look out for hen harriers, dippers, kestrels and woodpeckers. Or walk along the banks of the River Tweed to see grey herons and kingfishers.

Meanwhile, the award winning visitor centre at Philiphaugh provides a unique glimpse into the fascinating life-cycle of the mighty Atlantic salmon, with education and entertainment for adults and children alike.

And with Scotland being one of the last strongholds of the endangered red squirrel - it is home to more than 75% of the UK population - you may just spot these delightful creatures in places such as Cardrona Forest.

Banner photo: Tweed Valley Osprey Project


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