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RSPB Scotland Broubster Leans Nature Reserve

Broubster Leans is a strikingly diverse mosaic of wet grassland, pools, channels and rush pasture which is nestled in amongst stunning farmland in the far North of Scotland. Located just seven miles southwest of Thurso, the reserve welcomes an array of birdlife each year. Keep your eyes peeled for birds such as greylag geese, lapwings and whooper swans when you visit. As well as managing for the birds, we are also working to help encourage the great yellow bumblebee to Broubster Leans so make sure you take a good look around the flowers in the warmer months.

What will you see:

In the spring time you can expect to see displaying waders (oystercatchers, lapwing, redshank, curlew and snipe), alongside singing skylarks, cuckoos and grasshopper warblers. In the summer months, the waders will be feeding young and bumblebees will be buzzing about the abundance of nectar-rich flowers. During autumn, the first of the whooper swans, Greenland white-fronted geese and Icelandic greylag geese join the reserve and in winter the reserve has plenty of wintering wildfowl. Look carefully in the winter and you might see twite when they join the flocks of other small birds including linnets, reed buntings, greenfinches, chaffinches.

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