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New wildlife website for the East Grampian Coast

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We are lucky to have wonderful resources in this area from award winning beaches to the incredible wildlife.

The north east of Scotland may be famous for whisky and castles but a new website aims to highlight another reason that tourists should visit the region – the rich and diverse wildlife.

From the sight of 80,000 geese leaving their roost site at the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg reserve to 120,000 breeding seabirds at Fowlsheugh our coast has much to offer; and it is not just birds. Aberdeen can claim to be the best city in Europe for watching whales and dolphins with bottlenose dolphins seen on a daily basis whilst the waters off Collieston are becoming a regular area to spot the mighty humpbacked whale.

The new website Discover East Grampian Coast is being launched at the RSPB’s flagship Loch of Strathbeg reserve by Allan Garvie, Chair of the East Grampian Coastal Partnership, Councillor Alan Buchan, Vice Chair of Aberdeenshire Council Infrastructure Service Committee, Belinda Miller and Stephen Archer from Aberdeenshire Council and Ian Francis of RSPB.

Allan said: “Highlighting what the area has to offer is an important job and we feel that delivering an interesting website packed with information on the best places to visit for wildlife spotting will help encourage people to make the most of the area.”

Belinda Miller, Head of Economic Development for Aberdeenshire Council added: “We are lucky to have wonderful resources in this area from award winning beaches to the incredible wildlife, this a great place to visit and an even better place to live.”

Richard Humpidge, RSPB Grampian Reserves Manager said: “The Loch of Strathbeg is not just a jewel on the Grampian coast but is one of the best places to go birdwatching in mainland Scotland. You don't have to be a specialist to appreciate the many birds close to the visitor centre for everyone to enjoy.

"There is lots of other wildlife to see - always a good chance of otters, with stoat, badger and roe deer common sightings. Our own herd of wild ponies can also be seen from the visitor centre and hides creating a fantastic wildlife habitat.”

The website gives details of walks, places to visit and green transport options. It also showcases all the accommodation providers in the area which have received awards for environmental responsibility. The development of the website has been funded by Aberdeenshire Council.

Notes to editors

The Discover East Grampian Coast website is part of a package of green tourism work that the East Grampian Coastal Partnership is delivering on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council. East Grampian Coastal Partnership (EGCP) is a voluntary group of individuals and organisations who have an interest in the wellbeing of the local coastline. It is hosted at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).

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