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Scotland's wildlife is one of the main reasons that people visit Scotland.Our mountains, moorlands and forests are home to red deer, roe deer, squirrels, hares, eagles, ospreys and many other birds. In rivers and in the sea, you can spot seals and otters, and in the Moray Firth and off the West Coast, there are dolphins and whales.Thistle Holiday Parks are in the countryside or close to the coast and you'll see wildlife quite close at hand.  Autumn is a good time to visit because there are migrating birds and the red deer come down from the high mountains.

A great way to spot wildlife is to follow one of Forestry Commission Scotland's walking trails.  These are graded so that you can choose the one that's right for you.  For informatin, go to

Several of ourThistle Parks are wildlife-friendly, with bird boxes, copses, and wild areas tucked away in a corner of their park. Look for the David Bellamy Award logo on the entries.

Historic Scotland look after gardens and "designed landscapes" as well as castles and abbeys. 
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Taking care of our countryside: In Scotland you can walk almost anywhere, but do avoid fenced-in areas,  growing crops and fields with animals.  Take care not to disturb animals, whether in the fields or in the wild. For information on your rights and your responsilbities in the countryside, visit



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