Autumn is a time of great change in nature, with migration in full swing and colours changing across Scotland. As temperatures dip and days get shorter, it can seem appealing to stay inside and keep cosy, but if you ignore this temptation, wrap up warm and head out for some wildlife watching, you won’t be disappointed. Here are some great ways to experience Autumn wildlife at its best.
1. Capture Rutting Red Deer on Camera
One of autumn’s greatest wildlife spectacles is the red deer rut, when the sound of roaring stags can be heard echoing round the hills. With Glen Tanar Estate you can head right in to the hills with their experienced deer stalkers to view the latter stages of the rut and capture the deer with your camera. A fantastic way to get great shots of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Find out more here.
2. See Salmon Leaping
|Taken on 19 Oct at Glen Tanar Estate © John Blair|
The annual migration of salmon is in full swing at this time of year and at the Philiphaugh Salmon Viewing Centre you can see these fantastic fish leaping up the cauld on the last leg of their epic journey. Footage from underwater cameras is displayed at the Salmon Viewing Centre where you can also learn all about the salmon's life cycle. Find out more here.
3. Enjoy Autumn Colours in the Cairngorms
The Cairngorms National Park is a riot of colour in autumn, with golden birchwoods and snow dusted mountains, and the Bird Watching and Wildlife Club at the Grant Arms Hotel provides a fantastic base from which to explore. Guests are advised on what wildlife is around and when and where to go to see it, ensuring you get the most out of your wildlife exploration. Find out more here.
4. Witness the Wonder of Bird Migration
Tentsmuir Point is a haven for seals and wintering wildfowl and each autumn thousands of birds flock here to feed and rest during their migration. Up to 12,000 eider ducks gather together between October and March and you may also be lucky enough see pink-footed geese, bar-tailed godwits, grey plovers and scoters. To top it off, you might also see white-tailed sea eagle! Find out more about Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve here.
|Wildlife Watching at Tentsmuir © Lorne Gill|
5. Relish a Red Squirrel Safari
Red squirrels are very busy at this time of year, finding and storing food for the winter months, and Atholl Estates is a great place to see them in their natural habitat. On this guided 4x4 tour you will have the opportunity to learn more about our bushy-tailed friends. Driving through hidden parts of the grounds of Blair Castle, through open countryside and woodlands, out to the Falls of Bruar and up Glen Tilt to the Estate's squirrel hide, you will experience some of the Estate's diverse and beautiful landscape whilst on the lookout for squirrels and other native wildlife. Find out more here.