Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

Avian Flu - 30 March 22

Several dead geese have been found on the reserve in recent weeks and this strongly indicates that avian influenza has arrived in the area. These have been reported to DEFRA.

Although the risk of contracting the disease from a wild bird is very low, you are advised not to touch any sick or dead birds, their droppings, or any water nearby.

Keeping your dog on a lead is strongly advisable to avoid the possibility of their contact with any dead bird.

If you find a single dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks), a single dead bird of prey, or five or more dead wild birds of any other species (including gulls) at the same place at the same time, can we ask you to report them to:

Defra’s GB telephone helpline - 03459 33 55 77.

Local Access Guidance for Water Users - updated March 2022

Loch Kinord: Do not take water-borne access (paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, inflatables) on Loch Kinord between 1 March and 31 August.  

Loch Davan: Please do not take any water access onto the loch is too small to access without disturbing wildlife.

For more information on responsible outdoor access in Scotland, see www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot.

Introduction

A magical mosaic

Lying within the Cairngorms National Park, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a mosaic of wetlands, woods and moors. It’s a great place for wildlife and has a wealth of connections to Scotland’s past.

Although the last glaciers melted more than 10,000 years ago, the marks they gouged in the landscape survive today. One of these is the Vat Gorge, where the Burn O’Vat still flows. The Vat itself is a cauldron-shaped pothole. It was gouged out by rocks tumbling along in a stream beneath a glacier.

Today you can make your way into the Vat through a narrow crack in the rock. Stand in this atmospheric cavern, and listen to the strange echoes of water that seems to pour out of the rocks.

You can also stroll through the woodland, looking out for birds, animals and delicate woodland wild flowers. You may also spot breeding and wintering birds on Loch Kinord.

The visitor centre at the Burn O’Vat explores the natural and cultural heritage of the reserve. From here there are lovely walks through the woodland and around Loch Kinord. Or take the path to the Burn O’Vat and on to a viewpoint with sweeping views across Loch Kinord and beyond.

Find out more about visiting Muir of Dinnet NNR.

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A seasonal look at the wildlife and landscapes of Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.

Top attractions

  • Explore the Vat – one of Scotland’s natural wonders.
  • Enjoy our trails through peaceful woodlands and around the lochs.
  • In spring, look for wildflowers and listen for calling birds.
  • In summer, watch dancing dragonflies and damselflies.

Find out more about the reserve and its natural history.

What’s on?

Visit our Events page to see what upcoming events you can get involved in at this reserve.

Contact

Reserve manager: Kirstin Mair

NatureScot
Burn O’Vat Visitor Centre
Dinnet
Aboyne
Aberdeenshire
AB34 5NB

Telephone: 01339 881667
Email: [email protected]

Find out more

Discover more about why Scotland’s National Nature Reserves were created and the partners who manage them.

Related Links

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Find out more about our partners at Muir of Dinnet – Cairngorms National Park Authority.

Our visitor centre is rated Gold under the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme).

Muir of Dinnet NNR is a member of VisitScotland.

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