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01 April, 2021

NatureScot warns Muir of Dinnet visitors against disturbing birds

NatureScot warns Muir of Dinnet visitors against disturbing birds: A male goldeneye duck ©Lorne Gill/NatureScot

NatureScot is urging visitors to the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve to make sure they don’t disturb wildlife, particularly at this sensitive time of year for nesting birds.

At Loch Kinord, there has been a recent upsurge in people going out on the water in canoes, inflatables and paddle-boards. Too many boats on this small loch can disturb protected wildfowl like goldeneye, and may lead to ducklings becoming separated from their parents and dying.

Catriona Reid, Muir of Dinnet reserve manager, said:

“We want everyone to have a wonderful time visiting the reserve, but we're asking visitors to remember that Muir of Dinnet is first and foremost a nature reserve and wildlife should take priority.

“If it’s busy, we’d ask those intending to go out on the water to go somewhere else at this sensitive time of year for breeding birds. It may seem that individually you're doing nothing wrong, but put that together with a number of other people doing the same thing and suddenly it's a severe disturbance problem for the birds.”

Another important tip when visiting nature reserves or walking anywhere in the countryside is to be aware of wildlife when walking dogs. Keep dogs at heel or on a lead in places such as moorland, forests, grasslands and shores to avoid disturbing birds that nest on or near the ground. For more information on responsible outdoor access in Scotland, see


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A male goldeneye duck ©Lorne Gill/NatureScot

A male goldeneye duck ©Lorne Gill/NatureScot

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