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Post  Laikipia Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:46 pm

Carstramon Wood, Dumfries and Galloway – A Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve. The largest of only four remaining native woodlands in the Fleet Valley. Take a couple hours to explore and you can see Red Squirrel, Redstart, Bluebells, Common Violet, Honeysuckle and Wood Sorrel, (depending on the time of year).

Further information:
www.swt.org.uk/visit/reserves
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Post  Laikipia Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:05 pm

The RSPB
Did you know that the RSPB has over 150 nature reserves in the UK? These vary from those that offer a great family day to those that offer a quiet site where nature can be enjoyed with minimal facilities. Rather than list them all here’s a couple of links that are useful for finding a Reserve near you or an Event near you.
http://www.rspb.org.uk/thingstodo/ and http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/
Another great day out would be to see Birds of Prey with the RSPB. From Eagles, Ospreys, Red Kites and Peregrines. Here are just a few suggestions from the RSPB:

Eagles
Mull Eagle Watch. Hide open all year. www.rspb.org.uk/mulleagles
Islay. Golden Eagles at the Oa nature reserve. Every Tuesday between 10am and 1pm. Booking essential between October to March. www.rspb.ork.uk/islayeagles
Portree, Isle of Skye. CCTV cameras showing White Tailed eagles to the Aros Centre. www.rspb.org.uk/aroseagles

Red Kites

Argaty, Perthshire. Watch the area’s Red Kites being fed once a day. Newly opened Visitor Centre. www.rspb.org.uk/argatyredkites
Galloway Kite Trail, Dumfries & Galloway. Fed at 2pm daily at Bellymack Hill Farm feeding station. www.rspb.org.uk/gallowaykitetrail

Ospreys
Loch Garten, Highland. This is one i’ve been to and it was a wonderful experience. An egg had just been laid. Watch on CCTV as well as in the visitor centre. From April to end of August. www.rspb.org.uk/lochgarten
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Post  Laikipia Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:18 pm

Coll Nature Reserve – Isle of Coll. Open all year round with a small drop in information room. Each season brings a different experience. Along the white-sand beach depending on the time of year you can see, corncrakes, hen harriers, lapwings or redshanks as well as sand lizards, orchids, the machair and dune habitats and wildflower rich meadows.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/naturescalendar/summer/islands/coll/coll.access.shtml

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Post  Laikipia Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:05 pm

Mountain hares are confined to the uplands of Scotland and central England, although more widespread in Ireland.

Here are 5 places you are likely to see them in Scotland. You'll find them on mountains and heather moorlands. On hills they live in forms - a depression dug into the ground that provide shelter in bad weather. At this time of year it is not unusual to find several hares together.

Cairngorms NP
Atholl Hills
Perthshire Hill, nr Crieff
The Cairnwell, nr Braemar
Ben More, Isle of Mull
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Post  Laikipia Mon Nov 08, 2010 1:11 pm

Situated on the east coast of Scotland near Peterhead. Winter arrives early here but that does not deter the flocks of Pink-footed Geese, Barnacle Geese, Whooper Swans, Tree Sparrows and Roe Deer.

The loch is surrounded by dunes, reedbeds and fens and is a short walk from the sea. On nearby Rattray Head you can see seals and seabirds.

For more information: www.rspb/org/uk/reserves/guide/l/lochofstrathbeg
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Post  Laikipia Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:23 am

The Glen Affric NNR offers an abundance of natural colour and light. An ideal beauty spot to explore on foot or by bike. More native Caledonian forest survives here than anywhere else outside the Cairngorms. The blend of wood, water and crag is why many people rate Affric as one of Scotland's most impressive glens.

Amongst the wildlife you are able to see - Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill, Red squirrel, Red deer and Sika deer.

For more information: www.forestry.gov.uk or www.glenaffric.org

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Post  Laikipia Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:53 am

With TV’s Simon King, experts on Marine Wildlife, History, Archaeology and Local History, lunches and refreshments included and of course the voyage itself, this is an exceptional and unique opportunity to visit the very Northern extremity of the British Isles – not to be missed!

Date: 03/07/11

Departs: Ulsta ferry terminal (Yell) at 09.30 hours via Toft ferry terminal (departing at 09.50 hours)

Return: 17.00 hours approx.

Cost: £75.50 (concession £67.50) (Packed lunch and refreshments included in the price).

For more information and booking
Contact details as follows:-

Islesburgh Complex
King Harald Street
Lerwick
ZE1 0EQ

Telephone: 01595 745100
Email: islesburgh@shetland.gov.uk
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Post  Doogs Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:49 pm

Thanks for posting this Lai - sounds interesting and seems a reasonable price. Will have a look into it cheers
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