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5 Key Winter Species of the Cairngorms

Winter can be a quieter time of year for wildlife with many of migratory birds away and the weather more unpredictable. There is plenty to look out for however and these are just five key species to look out for on a visit to the Cairngorms. Crested Tit in snow (Kate M) Crested Tit One of our smallest and most popular birds to see in the Cairngorms, the Crested Tit is a resident bird found in the forests. It can only be seen in Scotland in the northern side of the national pa

December in the Cairngorms

As the year comes to an end, we look back at December in the Cairngorms. With the festive period being in many people minds, it is also important to get into the countryside and observe what is going on in the natural world around us. Mountain Hare standing out Compared to the Winters of 2009/10, the past few Decembers have been relatively mild for the time of year. The days may have been cool but with only a couple of days of snow showers the mountains aren’t looking as whit

NE250 with Julian Sykes and Kate Mennie

Starting with the Cairngorms National Park on the NE250 Ptarmigan This was an inaugural (and not our last) tour of the ‘NE250’, a road trip of 250 miles around the North East of Scotland. The tour took in the counties of Aberdeenshire and Morayshire which, like the weather, was terrific. Our week started in historic Royal Deeside, where we visited fabulous places such as Balmoral, Braemar and Glenshee. We also visited the fabulously named Linn of Dee and Muir of Dinnet. This

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 indoors and keeping warm in front of the fire and wildlife have similar adaptations in order to get extra warmth, shelter and food. Ptarmigan in the snow (GB) Ptarmigan Ptarmigan spend t