Kingfishers are shy birds, but unmistakable if fortunate to be seen. Male and female are similar in size and colouring (bright blue and orange). They inhabit slow-moving or still water lowland habitats in Scotland and as their name suggest feed on small fish as well as aquatic insects. They nest in burrows excavated into the riverbank or nearby quarry, with eggs laid between April and June.

All year round but particularly active during the summer when feeding young.
Slow-moving or still streams and rivers in lowland areas.


Cinclus cinclus

The dipper is so-called because of its behaviour of dipping in and out of the water as well as its ‘bobbing’ action. It lives alongside fast-flowing shallow streams and rivers and often nests under bridges and in walls. This small stocky bird with ...