RSPB Scotland Tollie Red Kites
At Tollie Red Kites near Dingwall, a partnership between RSPB Scotland and the Brahan Estate, you can watch our most graceful bird of prey up close and enjoy stunning views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis, a munro at 1046 metres. Food is put out daily by a team of local volunteers and there are excellent viewing areas, both inside and outside, so you can witness the spectacle of the Red Kites diving and swooping down to feed. Feeding time is 2.30pm in summer (BST) and 1.30pm in winter (GMT).
As well as offering fantastic views of the feeding table, the visitor centre at Tollie Red Kites has a wealth of information and activities for all the family including: drawing materials, floor puzzles and self-led outdoor activities. Make sure you explore the garden at the centre to find the bug hotel and frog pond.
What will you see:
The busiest time for the red kites is autumn and winter (keep your eyes peeled for the young birds in autumn) but you should still see some throughout the spring and summer months, including some interesting aerobatic bonding activities in spring. During summer, Ospreys fly over the reserve regularly and the flowering plants around the centre attract an abundance of butterflies and other insects. Great spotted woodpeckers and a host of finches and tits should be visiting the feeders beside the building in the autumn. Occasionally crossbills and sikins can be seen in the nearby woodland during the winter months.
Images by: Ben Andrew, Louise Greenhorn, Chirs Gomersall, Brad Chappell (rspb-images.com)