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Birding Stirling

The Stirling council area is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland, and has a population of about 91,000 (2012). It covers most of the former county of Stirling (except Falkirk) and the south-western portion of the former county of Perth. Both counties were abolished for local government purposes. The administrative centre of the area is the city of Stirling.

The majority of the population of the area is located in its southeast corner, in the city of Stirling and in the surrounding lowland communities: Bridge of Allan and Dunblane to the north, Bannockburn to the immediate south, and the three former coal mining communities of Cowie, Fallin, and Plean

The remaining 30 percent of the region's population is sparsely distributed across the rural, mainly highland, expanse in the north of the region. The southern half of this rural area comprises the flat western floodplain of the River Forth, bounded on the south by the Touch Hills and the Campsie Fells. North of the glen lie the Trossachs mountains, and the northern half of the region is generally mountainous in character.

The area borders the council areas of Clackmannanshire (to the east), North Lanarkshire (to the south), Falkirk (to the south east), Perth and Kinross (to the north and north east), Argyll and Bute (to the north and north west), and both East and West Dunbartonshire to Stirling's southwest.

Top Sites

Blair Drummond Gravel Pits

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2 disused gravel pits and sounding farmland; good for duck species.

Head of Loch Tay, Killin

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This site is good for passage waterfowl and waders - Loch Tay is a long, narrow loch of around 14.55 miles (23.42 km) long, and typically around 1 to 1½ miles wide, following the line of the strath from the south west to north east. It is the sixth-largest loch in Scotland by area and over 150 metres (490 ft) deep at its deepest.

County Recorder

Iain Gibson (Clyde)

8 Kenmure View, Howwood, Johnstone, Renfrewshire PA0 1DR

01505 705874


Chris Pendlebury (Forth)

3 Sinclair Street, Dunblane FK5 0AH

07798 711134


Useful Reading

Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
For a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page

Bird Report

The bird report is published each year in the Forth Naturalist & Historian journal; see HERE

Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

by Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | 2002 | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illus, maps |

ISBN: 071365693X

Buy this book from NHBS.com


Central Scotland Green Network Trust


The Central Scotland Green Network Trust was established in March 2014. We are a Company Limited by Guarantee and are registered as a charity in Scotland. We were created to provide capacity to help realise the Vision for the Central Scotland Green Network. That vision is that: ‘by 2050, Central Scotland has been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.’ Our ambitions, plans and actions are intended to bring real change to the environment, economy and people of Central Scotland.

RSPB Forth Valley Local Group


The Forth Valley Local Group of the RSPB covers a wide area including Dunblane, Falkirk, Linlithgow and Stirling in Central Scotland…

SOC Central Scotland Branch


Meetings talk place in Bridge of Allan, on the doorstep of the University of Stirling and students are always very welcome to attend! The Allan Centre, Fountain Road, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4AT. Contact: Neil Bielby 01786 823 830


Abbreviations Key

Argaty Red Kites


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Here on our farm just north of Stirling, we run Central Scotland's only red kite feeding station where visitors can watch these exciting birds and their spectacular flying. The farm lies on the Braes of Doune in the area of Central Scotland where the RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage have reintroduced the red kite…

FC Queen Elizabeth Forest Park


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Enjoy iconic views of sparkling lochs, wooded hills and rugged mountains, or take to the trails on foot, by bike or on horseback and discover the Forest Park’s magical atmosphere and wonderful wildlife.

NNR Loch Lomond


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Loch Lomond National Nature Reserve (NNR) encompasses 430 hectares of land in the southeastern parts of Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond NNR supports a wide range of bird species, including Greenland white-fronted geese; greylag geese; grasshopper warbler; sedge warbler; reed bunting; redstart; spotted flycatcher; skylark; buzzards; and snipe. Ospreys are also regularly seen at the Endrick Mouth section of the Reserve.

NP Loch Lomond & the Trossachs


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With its woodlands, mountains, tranquil lochs and glens and rocky coastline of our sea lochs, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park is brimming with wildlife. There are four distinctive areas of the National Park – Loch Lomond, Cowal, The Trossachs and Breadalbane.

RSPB Inversnaid


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Set in the remote and awe-inspiring scenery of the Trossachs, Inversnaid boasts both a romantic and interesting history. It’s a very special place for nature lovers. Exploring the trails at this stunning reserve will bring you face-to-face with extraordinary wildlife, long-lost ruins and spectacular views. In the summer, pied flycatchers and redstarts breed here, along with resident birds. Buzzards nest on the crags in the wood and black grouse can sometimes be seen on the moorland…

SWT Ballagan Glen


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Ballagan Glen is a small but beautiful reserve carved by the Ballagan Burn, which cascades down a series of waterfalls, including the Spout of Ballagan. It is notable for its spectacular geological exposures and ancient ash gorge woodland.

SWT Loch Ardinning


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Loch Ardinning is a picturesque, visitor-friendly wildlife haven with areas of wetland, woodland, grassland and moorland. Mature willow, birch and alder thrive in the wetlands along the south west shore and reeds, rushes and sedges fringe the northern shores. Chance to spot black grouse.

Forums & Mailing Lists

Upper Forth Birds

Sightings & News

Sightings, news and views

UpperForth Bird News

Sightings & News

Local bird recorder for the Upper Forth region. Used for local bird news. See @UForthBirder for personal birding tweets.

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Kilronan House - B&B Bridge of Allan


There is a great deal of information on what to see and do included on this site and on the booking page you can see comments from guests. Your hosts are Colin & Linda George


Gillian Dinsmore's Bird Ringing Blog


Not updated since 2015