Broomhill Bridge

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Broomhill bridge

Broomhill bridge

Broomhill bridge crosses the River Spey between the A95 and the B970 on a minor road known as station road. The timber bridge was built by engineer Charles Mackay with the last nail driven by the Countess Dowager of Seafield on the 27th November 1894.
The bridge has 15v wooden spans supported by trestle piers and the 5 spans in the main river channel have reinforcing trusses.
For birdwatchers visiting Loch garten and other sites in the area, Anagach or Lochindorb further north for example, this site makes for a perfect picnic stop. The bridge is single track but there is limited car parking at both the southern and northern ends of the bridge.
There is a splendid sand martin pictured colony here of several hundred birds with other riverine species evident such as grey wagtail, oystercatcher and common sandpiper.Visitors should keep a look out for the chance of a visiting hobby as although rare, their numbers are increasing.Nest analysis from breeding hobby on the nearby Seafield estate revealed sand martin as one of this bird's main prey.Look out for other raptors including common buzzard, osprey and red kite.

Best time; Spring / summer.

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