Tuesday, 12 June 2012

The Segways have Arrived on Rothiemurchus!

Wild Scotland member, Boots n Paddles have a new toy (well, several actually)...

They've just taken receipt of a fleet of Segways. Not sure what they are? Well they are "two-wheeled self-balancing people transporters" and they're all-terrain, and they're great fun. I had the opportunity to have a go on one as few months ago and they were remarkably easy to use and I was quickly addicted.

As Boots n Paddles say 'they produce zero emissions (as they're battery powered), virtually no noise and it is impossible to describe the rush of riding one".

Fancy a go? Boots n Paddles run sessions on the Rothiemurchus Estate, near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park. Book on the Rothiemurchus website for sessions there or contact Boots n Paddles directly if you'd like to try them somewhere else.

I promise you, you'll love them!

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Keeping the Lights On...

Seafari Adventures Oban assisting in replacing the lenses on lighthouse
Lowering the delicate lighthouse lenses from the Lighthouse
As part of living and working in the most beautiful parts of Scotland, some of our members get up to the most unusual of jobs.

This is definitely the case for the guys at Seafari Adventures (Oban) last week when assisted the Northern Lighthouse Board, who are responsible for running and maintaining the lighthouse of the Scotland and the Isle of Man to safely extract the antique glass lights from Rubha nan Gall lighthouse, just round the coast from Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.

The lighthouse was built in 1857 by the grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson and became automated in 1960. The glass was being removed and will preserved in a special exhibition.

You can read all about the adventure on Seafari Oban's blog

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Loch of the Lowes (Perthshire) Osprey Egg Update

Read the latest update from the rangers at Scottish Wildlife Trust's Loch of the Lowes Reserve in Perthshire where their resident osprey has just (we hope) laid her first egg of 2012

Read all about it here.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Glenloy Wildlife's Pine Marten News

Here's an excerpt from Glenloy Wildlife's January Newsletter with an update on their resident pine marten...

"Our resident female only produced one kit that survived this year (we suspect there may have been two, but a fine healthy male is the only youngster we now see). Both mother and son could be seen most evenings in front of the Lodge, eagerly lapping up peanut butter. By the end of August, the kit was already bigger than his mother and would rudely shove her out of the way in his attempts to get to the food first. Not surprisingly, she wasn’t having much of this and would unceremoniously grab him by the scruff of the neck and wash his ears out, just to remind him of his place. Feeding times became increasingly acrimonious, with mum becoming less tolerant of the presence of her offspring – she would sit and hiss at him, and emit a low growl whilst feeding. As time has gone on, their feeding times have become more and more staggered, with mum getting the upper hand.

"Now, in January, we seldom see the two together, and if we do there is always the possibility of fisticuffs, but mum has apparently secured her territory (and the food). She waits now for me to feed her, either on the flat roof above the sun lounge, or warming her backside on the bonnet of our car!"

You can keep up to date with news of all the wildlife at Glenloy, near Fort William at www.glenloy-wildlife.org.uk.