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On BBC radio 2 news today, they keep mentioning the plight of our native red squirrels. Apparently, they are reducing in numbers at such a rate that wildlife experts are talking about introducing a captive breeding programme.
I mentioned red squirrels in an earlier post. Your best chance of seeing red squirrels in Scotland is in Abernethy Forest, near the Loch Garten RSPB (Osprey viewing) hide.
Better still, go on a guided walk with the RSPB warden and the group you'll join will have many pairs of eyes to increase your chance of seeing wildlife.
When we go on our annual hols to Scotland, we stay in Aviemore. It is an excellent location for visiting the sites mentioned in my earlier postings. Contact the Aviemore Tourist Information Centre for accommodation information and wildlife leaflets and brochures.
May 5th: Discover Loch Garten, 9.30am - 12.30pm.
A guided walk exploring the exciting wildlife of part of the RSPB's most biodiverse nature reserve.
Adults £3, RSPB members £2 booking essential. Tel: 01479 831476.
May 6th: Walk with a Naturalist (Insh Marshes, 2 - 4.30pm)
Explore the reserve with a local naturalist.
Adults £2, RSPB members £1. Tel: 01540 661518.
Meet at Insh Marshes at 9.30PM (until 11.30PM) to listen to snipe drumming, warblers, spotted drakes calling and see/hear bats with bat detectors.
Adults £2.00, Children 50p and RSPB members half price.
Recommended to bring midge repellent and a torch.
Creatures of the Night
Meet at Glenmore Forest at 8PM (until 10PM) to see/hear bats with bat detectors. Look for moths and listen for owls.
Mr & Mrs Nile will be returning to Scotland for hols (woohoo) shortly. If you are planning a visit and would like to meet up or ask for more info, send me a PM.
We have all sorts of equipment to see/hear wildlife. Such as a spotting scopes, bat detector and hydrophone to listen to dolphins.
For dolphin spotting is there are there certain conditions that make spotting more likely eg as the tide's turning? My husband thinks the sun has to be out but I think that's more for his benefit. ::)
It really is down to patience. You need to know the tide times because the dolphins chase fish on each incoming tide..........then they go back out to sea again.
Once you've spotted your first dolphin (whether from land or a boat), you'll know what to look for.
I am a mere amateur but have had many wonderful experiences watching (and listening to) wildlife so I'm happy to buy the equipment to help with my hobby.
We have done a bat walk, saw plenty of bats in the car park as we left and never saw any on the actual walk but we did have fun and the wardens had everyone playing silly kids game being bats We were provided with midge helmets that are made locally, bit like a bee-keepers gear and get very hot.
We also went on the walk to hear the stags roaring, make sure you wear wellies as you are walking through boggy areas At the end some of the kids were given bits of deer antlers where you could see how they are made up of compacted hair.
Neither of these walks were for the faint hearted as there was a fair amount of up-hill walking.
All of these walks are free and look out for the posters in local shops or read the website before you go. Generally you just have to phone and book as some of them they provide transport to take you some way into the forests.
Who needs to be on holiday, eh!