Balgavies Loch has long been recognised by naturalists as an important site for wildlife. This inland loch is surrounded by reedbeds and willow carr, attracting water rail, great crested grebe and a number of wintering wildfowl, including goldeneye, teal and widgeon. The reserve is a haven for red squirrel.
Tufted loosestrife and coral root orchid can be found in the woodland and grassland areas.
NOTICE: The access road to Balgavies Loch hide may be closed to vehicular access intermittently between 16 January and 3 February for essential maintenance.
Balgavies Loch lies north of the A932, 4 miles east of Forfar.
Access can be gained from the signposted viewpoint on the northern side of the A932. Access to the car park is a few hundred metres to the west of the viewpoint. The hide is located approximately 50 metres from the car park.
The reserve is wheelchair accessible from the car park to the old railway station.
Please be aware that cattle graze parts of the reserve at certain times of the year.
Forfar (4 miles)
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