Friday, 18 December 2009

Red squirrels love Cluny House Gardens

If you're in Perthshire over the Christmas break, make sure you pop into Cluny House Gardens in Aberfeldy.

The gardens are offering free entry to the gardens throughout the winter and it's a great place to watch wildlife. Their speciality is red squirrels who although threatening in other parts of the country and thriving in Cluny House Gardens.

Entry is free until end of February (although donations towards squirrel food are very welcome!).

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Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Make your New Year resolution for 2010 to do something to support biodiversity.

Did you know that 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity?

Wild Scotland is a partner organisation and to get things starting, we're asking everyone to do one simple thing to help preserve biodiversity. It can be something very small or more significant but it all helps.

Have a think or have a look some ideas on the the International Year of Biodiversity UK website.

Friday, 11 December 2009

Montrose Basin: still full of geese

Montrose Basin in Angus is the place to be at this time of the year. The nature reserve run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust is just full of birds, including 20,000 pink-footed geese.

Now is a fantastic time to visit as the winter clear days gives some excellent light on the species.

The pink-footed geese are still in very high numbers for this time of year. The last goose a few days ago still turned up around 20,000!

Other winter species numbers include:
  • Dunlin - 655
  • Scaup – 69
  • Shelduck – 1191
  • Wigeon – 1710
  • Eider – 1081
  • Shoveler – 12
  • Oystercatcher – 1412
  • Kingfisher – 2
The Centre is open Friday, Saturday, Sundays from 10.30am until 4pm. The new hide at Tayock gives an excellent vantage point from which to watch the morning lift of geese and also at dusk when they come back to roost with us.

For more info: Montrose Basin Reserve and Visitor Centre

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Don't miss the boat!

Congratulations to Wild Scotland member, cruise company The Majestic Line who won the Best Visitor Experience category at the Highland and Islands Tourism Awards at the end of November.

For more information, click here.