Friday, 23 July 2010

Great news for Torridon sea eagles

RSPB staff joined Wild Scotland member, Torridon Sea Tours recently to go and ring a white-tailed eagle chick on Shieldaig Island.

The excitement about this chick is that it's the first chick be raised on the island and shows how this one persecuted bird is starting to expand its range.

Gemma Livingstone of Torridon Sea Tours said 'we have had some fantastic sightings of the adults and their chick recently. The eagles were not introduced to our area but have came of their own accord and hopefully they will be there for a long time to come.'

More info: Torridon Sea Tours

Monday, 19 July 2010

The Caithness Challenge

Up in the north of Scotland for your holidays this month? Well, why not have a go at The Caithness Challenges. A series of events are taking place from 23-25 July as London 2012 Open Weekend.

More info from the Dunnet Head Educational Trust website.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Praise indeed for Wild West Safaris

It just goes to show that wildlife watching can create some of the best memories from a holiday, and Wild West near Fort William certainly helped make their guests' trip.

Here's a quote from a very contented customer:
"Just wanted to say thank you, for the best day we have ever had in all the years we have been visiting Scotland.

"The trip to Kinloch Hourn, one we have made several times before ourselves, was made so very special by the abundance of wildlife, your knowledge of the local history, the plant life, Billy's boat trip to Barrisdale Island & yes, even the bugs.

"I doubt will we ever find anything to match that day, we will keep trying though".

Wild West is run by Ian MacLeod and offer wildlife-watching 'safari' tours up Glen Garry and the Great Glen in the Highlands of Scotland. For more details about their trips, click here.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Huge group of basking sharks off Small Isles

A group of over 50 basking sharks has been seen together off the north coast of Canna, the most westerly of The Small Isles.

The sighting was reported by Bella Jane Boat Trips who run wildlife-watching boat trips from Elgol, on Skye.


The picture is of a basking shark jumping clear out of the water. It was taken in a similar area last year by Sea Life Surveys who run trips from Tobermory on Mull.

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Common seal pups about...

It's been really windy here in Scotland this week which can thwart plans to go to sea, however there's still lots to see at the coast. Ardnamurchan Charters have been watching 2-3 week old common seal pups this week in Loch Teacuis and Loch Sunart. Aaaah!

For details about this week's sailings, click here.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Common dolphins in their hundreds off Skye

A group of wildlife spotters has encountered a massive pod of dolphins on a boat trip off the north coast of Skye.

Wild Scotland member, Hebridean Whale Cruises, who operatoe out of Gairloch on the west coast, estimated there were about 1,000 short-beaked common dolphin.

For more info and a video, click here (link to BBC website)

Friday, 2 July 2010

Great sightings of basking sharks off the West Coast

West coast boat operator, Ardnamurchan Charters are reporting that there are loads of basking sharks around at the moment. These harmless creatures are the second largest fish in the world and an increasing number of them are spending their summers in Scottish waters.

They also report that the Treshnish Islands off the coast of Mull are looking great - packed full of seabirds as always. If you want to see the seabird colonies at their best, now's the time.

You can keep up to date with their sightings by clicking here.

More information about boat trips, go to Ardnamurchan Charters