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With so many amazing properties to choose from, it is not surprising that NTS Sites are some of the best places to see birds in Scotland. The coasts and islands, famous for their seabird colonies (LINK), are also excellent places to look out for migrants in spring and autumn: Fair Isle is internationally famous, but St Kilda and St Abbs regulalry turn up rarities.

More predictable, but still elusive are the pinewood specialists such as Black Grouse and Capercaillie which can be found at Mar Lodge and Ben Lomond.

The high mountains of Torridon, West Affric, Ben Lawers and Mar Lodge are home to Dotterel, Snow Bunting and Parmigan, the most southerly population of which can be found on Goatfell.

Golden Eagles also favour these mountains, while the Sea Eagle is best spotted at Canna, Burg (on Mull) or Shieldaig Island. Threave Estate provides excellent opportunities for viewing nesting Ospreys and passing Red Kites, while Peregrines are favourites at Grey Mares Tail and St Abbs Head.

On the farmland, Corncrakes are easily heard at Iona and Canna, while the fields at Threave and Montrose Basin host thousands of geese in the winter.

Burgeoning broadleaved woodland is alive with birdsong at Killiecrankie, Drum and Culzean, to name but a few, while many of the same species delight the visitors to our gardens.