Insh Marshes

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Insh Marshes covers 5 miles of River Spey floodplain
Insh Marshes Nature Reserve is an outstanding wetland of international importance covering 1,000 hectares of the floodplain of the river Spey between Kingussie and Kincraig in Inverness-shire. The area is considered to be the best remaining large example of river fen system left in Britain and merits the highest designated status of statutory protection for its wealth of birds, plants and animals.
This ten-kilometre long wetland floods several times a year, mostly during autumn to spring whenever heavy rains or snow-melt fill the Spey. A sizeable population of Icelandic whooper swans overwinter, and a thousand pairs of wading birds such as snipe, curlew, and redshank, plus hundreds of pairs of waterfowl including rare species such as goldeneye, pintail and spotted crake, nest from April to June. Seasonal inundation and waterlogged ground are essential conditions for these birds to survive. The same environment provides a home for over 500 kind of plants from beautiful orchids to exceedingly rare sedges and grasses. Animal life ranges from numerous otters to minute aquatic life, some of the latter still being discovered.This is one of the most important wetlands in Europe.Stewart Taylor, Les Street and Pete Mayhew, RSPB, North Scotland
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This short report is a review of all the bird records for 1998 and is presented as a series of short summaries for each species in turn. The raw data has been collected from many sources from intensive species-specific surveys, to casual observations and has been collected by reserve staff and volunteers, local people and visitors alike.
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This bird-finding guide is the standard reference to the best birding sites in Scotland. Each site is described in terms of the nature of the habitat, the species likely to be observed, access details and recommended timings to get the best from the site, and a calendar summarising which species are found in which seasons.

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