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WELCOME TO THE SPEYSIDE WILDLIFE BLOG

Including our Evening Mammal Hide reports, seasonal updates and holiday trip reports.

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Hide Update February 2024

Badgers A trickle of normality is returning following the end of winter at our hide near Aviemore in the Cairngorms. The Badgers have...

Finches of Speyside

This blog focuses on finches, a group of colourful songbirds known for their diet of seeds and insects. It will discuss how to recognise...

January 2024 Evening Mammal Hide Update

Our local Badgers Winter is a quieter time at the hide for Badgers. Stormy and cold weather can sometimes keep them at bay and when they...

Tit Species in Speyside

In this blog post we’ll talk about the five species of tit that occur in Speyside. All of them can occur on bird feeders here, but one of...

Crossbills

There are currently three species of crossbill recognised in Speyside: the Common Crossbill, the Scottish Crossbill and the Parrot...

December 2023 Mammal Hide Update

Autumn in the Cairngorms is a good time to view the mammals from the hide, they now have their thick winter coats and come in to feed and...

A Deep Slumber in Speyside has Begun.

The air in the Cairngorms is noticeably colder, the days are becoming shorter and nature is slowing down. In the past few weeks, I have...

Monthly Hide Update

Here is our monthly update from our hide near Aviemore in the Cairngorms. Our Local Badger Clan - There are at least eight Badgers in our...

Owls in Speyside, Scotland

In this blog post we’ll talk about the four most regular owl species found in Speyside and in most of Britain. Because most of these are...

Monthly Hide Update

Here is our monthly update from our Evening Mammal Hide in the Cairngorms, near Aviemore. Badgers - They’ve been coming in every day...

Red Deer Rut

Red Deer (Cervus Elaphus) are the largest species of deer in the UK and its largest land animal. They can stand up to one metre...

Monthly Hide Report

Here is our monthly update from our Evening Mammal Hide in the Cairngorms, near Aviemore. Badgers - The Badgers have continued to amuse...

Raptor Blog

Common Buzzard (Buteo Buteo) - One of our commonest raptors and often mistaken for the Golden Eagle, it has been dubbed the ‘Tourist’s...

Evening Wildlife Watching Hide Update

Our Local Badger Clan - There are at least nine Badgers in our group, one of which is a cub from this year which took almost a month to...

Midsummer is Here

At our Evening Mammal Hide near Aviemore, the Badgers are still coming regularly to feed and delight our visitors at every turn. There’s...

June Is Here

The action has kept going at our Evening Wildlife Watching Hide and the Badgers have been coming every night. No sign of the cubs yet but...

Badger Blog

Scottish Badger Week this year is 6-14 May and so we thought this was an ideal time to focus on the other species that people hope to see...

Pine Martens in the Scottish Highlands

One of our most elusive mammals in Britain, the Pine Marten captures human imagination. It is a member of the weasel family Mustelidae,...

The Days are Getting Longer in Speyside

At our Evening Mammal Watching Hide near Aviemore, the days are getting longer and we are starting later in the evening. We have had up...

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