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

 

July in the Cairngorms

With travel restrictions relaxed here in Scotland, we have been able to explore the Cairngorms in July. Being the height of summer, the countryside and wildlife that is here is thriving and there has been lots to discover and explore in the area. The green scenery has been shown off in the dappled sunshine and rain showers have boosted the growth of wildflowers. Round-leaved Sundew Sundew plant with flower above As the bog cotton, mentioned in the previous blog disappears, th

May in the Cairngorms

A busy month of new life, birds in full song and colour surrounding our countryside. May has been dry and with warm weather the past few days, the colours from the fresh tree leaves, wildflowers, and emerging insects have been lovely to admire. Tongues on Fire fungi Our guide Sally showed in a recent live Facebook video, the incredible and unusual looking Tongues of Fire fungus. These unusual-looking fungi grow on Juniper, which is abundant in the Cairngorms National Park. At

July in the Cairngorms

This month has been filled with warmth, mixed weather and lots of insect action in our wildflower meadows. July is typically a warm month and with the heatwave of the south not quite reaching us in the Cairngorms National Park, we still experienced up to thirty degrees which was enough to make it feel like Summer. Walking through a wild flower meadow ( Kate M) The Wildflower meadows have been at their peak, with different varieties and colours of flowers spread through the gr

July in the Cairngorms

For two months now, I have been talking about the warm and dry weather that the Cairngorms has been experiencing. Well July wasn’t much different, with even warmer temperates and a continued High fire risk throughout. Lochs were packed with holiday makers and locals alike enjoying a dip in the water or sunbathing on the sandy beaches. Selection of Moths and Insects (K.Mennie) Days filled with sunshine have meant great sightings of some of our smaller creatures that live round