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AA Fifehas few upland areas but in the west of the Kingdom are the Cleish Hills, and more central the Lomond Hills near Falkland and Leslie. There is often a good autumn passage of skuas and terns in the Firth of Forth, best viewed in Fife from Kinghorn Harbour, North Queensferry and Inverkeithing Harbour. To the west of Dunfermline (near Culross) Torry Bay and Valleyfield Lagoons host waders and wildfowl. Map References in the list below.
AA Lochs & ReservoirsThose worth a visit for winter wildfowl, waders and gulls include Loch Gelly; Lochore Meadows CP; Cameron Reservoir behind St Andrews; Ballo Reservoir and Holl Reservoir; Birnie and Gaddon Lochs near Collessie; Lindores Loch; Craigluscar Reservoir near Dunfermline; and the delightful Kilconquhar Loch in the East Neuk. Map references in the list below:
AA Near Tayportare Tentsmuir Point, Morton Lochs and Kinshaldy Beach, offering extensive forest and shoreline walks. Map references below.
Birnie and Gaddon Lochs
Cameron ReservoirSatellite View
Cleish HillsSee above
Craigluscar ReservoirSatellite View
Fife NessSatellite View
Best known birding site in Fife. Rocky shore, farmland, scrub, tidal pond, and the famous Patch on Fife Ness Muir with Heligoland traps and a ringing hut. There is a Seawatching hide built by Fife Bird Club adjacent to the pillbox at the Ness. It is a great migrant spot in spring and autumn. Also visit Balcomie Farm walled garden (NO625099); Kilminning coast (NO632086) and Denburn Wood in Crail (NO614081).
Inverkeithing HarbourSatellite View
Isle of MaySatellite View
Bird Observatory established in 1934. Regular boat trips to island from Anstruther on pleasure cruisers in spring and summer. Birders (six) can stay on the island for a small charge. Celebrated migrant hot spot; wonderful seabird colonies.
Kilconquhar LochSatellite View
Kinghorn HarbourSee above
Largo Bayhas a large sandy beach from the River Leven stretching past the town of Leven, through Lower Largo to the Cocklemill Burn (NO468013) and Ruddons Point (NO454005) and Shell Bay (NO459002). Thousands of winter seaduck present in the area, especially around the outfall of the Leven by Methil Power Station (NO382003). The best place in Britain to see Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata, with up to 5 birds off Ruddons Point (access via Kincraig Caravan Park) in the winter.
Lindores LochSatellite View
Loch GellySatellite View
Lochore Meadows CPSatellite View
Lomond HillsSee above
St Andrews & NE Fifeis a good area for winter wildfowl and passage waders. There is a public hide on the Eden Estuary LNR (NO478195) at the Guardbridge Nature Centre (NO452192); which offers panoramic views over the mudflats and Leuchars RAF base. Other hides are at Edenside (NO457192) and Balgove Bay (NO485185); but keys are needed for these. Also visit Outhead (NO494197) at the end of the West Sands in St Andrews, to view the estuary mouth.
Number of bird species: 307
A Checklist of the Birds of Mainland FifeFife Bird Club, (3rd edn, 1999) ?2 from Fife Recorder.
Annual Fife Bird ReportProduced by Fife Bird Club, edited by DS Fotheringham. Annual Isle of May Bird Observatory Report from Isle of May Recorder.
The Fife Bird Atlasby Norman Elkins, Jim Reid, Allan Brown, Derek Robertson, Anne-Marie Smout et al.
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Where to Watch Birds in ScotlandMike Madders and Julia Welstead - 297 pages, b/w illus, maps - Christopher Helm
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Isle of May Records
Ian Darling, 579 Lanark Road West, Edinburgh, EH14 7BL
Fife Bird ClubWebsite
Formed in July of 1985 by a group of keen birdwatchers wanting to provide more information and better facilities for those interested in the birds of mainland Fife. The Club has grown to include several hundred members, with over a third of these actually living outwith Fife...
Scottish Wildlife Trust - Fife & Kinross BranchWebsite
Welcome to this web site which is about the wildlife and the activities of Scottish Wildlife Trust members in the East Coast counties of Fife and Kinross...
Scottish Ornithologists Club - Fife BranchWebsite
Secretary & Chairman: Robert Armstrong, Struan House, Old St Andrews Road, Guardbridge KY16 0UD, Tel 01334 838279
Isle of May Bird ObservatoryObservatory
The Isle of May Bird Observatory is Scotlandís oldest bird observatory, founded in 1934. The observatory is administered by a charitable trust (The Isle of May Bird Observatory and Field Station Trust) and manned by volunteer observers between March and November. The Observatory was founded by a group of young Scottish ornithologists and has continued to depend on the enthusiasm of amateurs who come to the island, usually for a week at a time, to maintain observations. The living accomodation is housed within the low light, a former navigational lighthouse... Jonathan Osborne, The Shieling, Halcombe Crescent, Earlston, Berwickshire TD4 6DA 01896 848126 firstname.lastname@example.org
RSPB Reserve - Loch Leven (Vane Farm)Website
Although now in Perth and Kinross, Vane Farm RSPB Reserve on the shores of Loch Leven, sits on the border with Fife and is popular with local birders. It has an excellent tearoom, RSPB shop and bookstore, and a board with recent bird sightings from the entire East of Scotland.
Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve - Fife Ness MuirWebsite
Approaching 150 species of birds have been seen from the reserve including 17 species of warbler. During spring and autumn recording is carried out on a daily basis and the reserve is now a ringing station with permanent traps similar to those on the Isle of May...
Scottish Wildlife Trust ReservesWebsite
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
A Stay in FifeAccommodation
The Bed and Breakfast Network In Fife, Scotland...
Newport is well placed for the tourist routes to the Highlands or the North East after you enjoy the delights of St.Andrews and the East Neuk of Fife.
Fife & Lothian Bed and Breakfast AssociationAccommodation
Find the right place to stay in Central Scotland - Quality Inspected B&Bs...
The Paddock is situated in the small village of Strathkinness, 3 miles west of St.Andrews. The house is a modern residence with outstanding country views positioned in a secluded spot set back from the road...
Fife BirdsMailing List
Mailing group for anyone interested in the birds of Fife...
Forth Estuary ForumForum
A list of Forth Estuary Forum participants, including the basic website of the North East Fife Ranger Service. A list of environmental bodies & charities & organisations with an interest in the wider Forth catchment area, as well as the Firth of Forth.
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