Sunday, 30 May 2010

Happy 10th Birthday Scottish Seabird Centre

It's the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick's 10th Birthday this year so there are extra special events taking place.

One in particular is on Sunday 4th July when the Radio Forth Roadshow will be live from the centre.

Enjoy a fun packed afternoon at the big summer beach party to celebrate their 10th birthday with the help of top DJs Boogie and Dingo There will be fun and games, food and drink and lots of prizes to be won. Get there for 12.30pm and the fun starts at 1pm. There’s no charge – so go and have a free fun day out.

More information: Scottish Seabird Centre.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Cream o'Galloway goes Batty

Award-winning environmental visitor attraction, Cream o'Galloway near Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway is going batty next week with their 'Bat Night'.

On Wednesday 2nd June, there will be an evening of bat spotting as well as other fun activities about bats. Event starts at 8.30pm (finish by 10.30pm). Bring a torch and some warm clothes.
Cost: £2.50
Booking essential - call 01557 815 222

The day after on Thursday 3rd June at 11am, they're holding a 'Hedgerow Safari'. Search for small mammals in the hedgerow habitats of Cream o' Galloway and find out why the organic lands of Rainton Farm are so valuable, with staff from OMSCO, the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative.
Cost: free
Booking not essential

Cream o'Galloway run great events for kids so if you're looking for something to entertain them (and yourselves), then head over to Cream o'Galloway.

Oh, and did I mention that they also make organic ice-cream!

For more info, visit the Cream o'Galloway website.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Spring is Swinging with Wild West Safaris

Here's a quick update from Ian Macleod of Wild West Safaris on what he's been seeing recently over in the West.

'Well, spring is now swinging along nicely, with the verges and woodlands carpeted with wood anemones and primroses, plus bluebells starting to put in an appearance. The osprey at Loch Lochy is sitting on eggs and the sea eagles are active on Loch Arkaig. A healthy population of scoter (see picture) are resident on Loch Garry. I was told by the local warden there are 24 birds on the loch, approximately 25 per cent of the Scottish nesting population.

'I'm also regularly seeing black and red throated diver on the trips, and butterfly are on the wing. Saw my first chequered skipper of the season yesterday, at Allt Mhuic on Loch Arkaig.

'An early start last week found black grouse still lekking just outside Fort William and half an hour spent sitting at the mouth of the river Lochy in front of the underwater centre, not far from the town centre proved very fruitful with an otter swimming and feeding happily in front of me. You don't need to go to wild, remote places to see these charismatic creatures.'

Ian runs Wild West Safaris, located near Fort William. For more information about his trips, click here.