Animals & Wildlife
With its diversity of habitats, whether wild or more formal, Aden is home to a great variety of animals and wildlife throughout the year. From the resident, but secretive roe deer, to summer migrants that have even included osprey.
Of course, what you might see depends on what time of year you are here, the time of day and even how quiet and patient you are. Mammals spotted in Aden include rabbits; water shrew; fox; otters, roe deer, and let us not forget bats, the only mammal that can fly! Signs of the presence of mammals in Aden include prints, droppings, homes and feeding.
As well as mammals, Aden attracts masses of different birdlife, including Heron, Osprey (flying overhead in summer), Goldcrest (our smallest bird), Woodpeckers (often heard rather than seen), Buzzard; Chaffinch, Wren, Tree creeper, Dipper; Blue tit, Great tit, Crows (have learned to check you’ve left no crumbs after your picnic!), Mallards, Moorhen, Siskin, Black headed gulls, Oystercatcher, Pink footed geese (flying over during the winter months), Blackbirds, Thrush, Greenfinch, and if you’re lucky, Kingfisher by the lake.
Other wildlife to watch out for include a wide variety of insects and amphibians, such as: frogs, toads, butterflies, spiders, dragonflies, slugs, snails, water boatmen, woodlouse, shield bugs, lace wings, caterpillars, beetles, bees, to name but a few.
Cows, sheep, and chickens are other, less wild, animals that can be seen in Aden. Fields are leased out to local farmers who use the ground for grazing their farm animals. Their presence, especially around Hareshowe Farm brings the story of farming in the North East of Scotland, to life.