Category: day guide

Spring in the Cairngorms

With only a few days of snow flurries, March into April has been reasonably mild in the Cairngorms, with daffodils making an early appearance and bird becoming very vocal. Some migrants like the Waxwing and Brambling are still being seen but frog spawn can be seen in many ponds and

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Scotland’s Big 5 – Wildlife in the Cairngorms

There is no doubt that people visit Scotland for it’s wildlife. It is no African safari, but Scotland has its own unique ‘Big 5’ wildlife species, that are said to be the reasons why wildlife enthusiasts visit this varied country. Out of the five, four of the species can be

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February in the Cairngorms

With freezing temperatures at the beginning and temperatures of seventeen degrees by the end, February has felt like a jump into Spring. Birds and wildlife have been on the move, with garden birds starting to sing loudly from the tree tops. With a lack of snow for the later part

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Winter Survival for Wildlife in the Cairngorms

Winter is a harsh time for all, especially the wildlife that calls the Cairngorms home. With short daylight hours, gale force winds and layers of ice and snow, making searching for food a daily battle. As humans, we adapt to the changeable weather by wearing layers of clothes, seeking shelter

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January in the Cairngorms

The first month of the new year is over and we look forward to the year ahead. Until the middle of January, the Cairngorms had experienced quite a mild Winter, with garden flowers starting to bloom. With a fresh layer of the snow, the countryside has gleamed, perfect for Winter

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Welcome to the BBC Winterwatch Team

Winterwatch is here! The return of BBC Winterwatch has arrived and if you haven’t heard already, it’s coming from our very own Cairngorms National Park. Here at Speyside Wildlife we are excited that the programmes will be based in Abernethy, for not just Winterwatch but also Springwatch and Autumnwatch. The

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Black Grouse Lekking – the Greatest Show!

Black Grouse, or Black Cock, with their distinctive red eyebrows, blue-black feathers and an impressive white tail that forms a fan when lekking, are a species that certainly put on a show. The females or ‘Greyhens’, are speckled brown with a white underwing to camouflage with their surroundings. Black Grouse

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Happy New Year! We hope that you all had a good time over the festive period and that the new year brings lots of new wildlife moments whether they are with Speyside Wildlife or during your spare time. As mentioned the previous blog, British or Scottish bird year lists are

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