Meet our feathered friends…

Aberfoyle Ospreys

Ospreys have been nesting in the Trossachs region since the 1970's, although of recent years the species is under decline due to illegal killing and low breeding numbers.

Annual migration

Around August or September each year, the ospreys migrate to spend the winter in the warmer climes of Africa. Then during late March or April, they return to Scotland.

Visiting the Aberfoyle Ospreys

Between March and September, you can visit the wildlife room at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre for the chance to catch a glimpse of these noble creatures. During the summer season, our live CCTV stream lets you get up close to Aberfoyle's famous ospreys, offering a unique opportunity to observe the birds in their natural environment.

It isn't just ospreys that call Aberfoyle their home: you might also be lucky enough to see red squirrels, nuthatches, jays and pine martens at the wildlife hide.

Want to get involved?

We welcome volunteers at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre, and it's a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. Volunteers play a key role in educating the general public about our wildlife population and can help visitors feel more connected with the natural world. If you're interested in getting involved, check out our volunteering page for information on volunteering at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre and other opportunities.

Find out more

We work in partnership with RSPB Scotland to deliver wildlife viewing at The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre.

Read more about ospreys on our wildlife pages.


For questions and complaints, please contact us directly.