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WELCOME TO THE SPEYSIDE WILDLIFE BLOG

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

 

The King of Climbers

The Pine Martens have been showing off their skillful climbing abilities at the Speyside Wildlife Hide. With the increasingly later sunset times as we head towards the summer solstice, the forest surrounding our foraging space has remained well-lit from the lingering light. This has given guests the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Pine Martens as they move amongst the trees and towards the hide. The tall Pines form a complex canopy, holding their branches out at rights

April in the Cairngorms

April showers of the white kind carpeted the Cairngorm National Park this April. We had all four seasons in one month and our wildlife had to cope with the ever-changing weather as we head into breeding season. Calm and sunny days (with a chill in the air) followed by wind and snow made this diverse landscape look different every day. Caught out in a snow storm Red Squirrel carrying nesting materials to the drey Just when our birds and mammals think it is Spring, the snow fel

Summer at the Wildlife Hide

Our new wildlife viewing facility has now been open for three weeks, and it feels great to be able to share wildlife sightings with the public again since last year. With reduced days available and new measures introduced to protect everyone, each evening has been busy with bookings and the weather has been on our side, with some stunning sunsets from the viewing window. Red Squirrel As we now come to the end of August, it is hard to believe we are coming to the end of the su

June in the Cairngorms

As we leave June, midway through the year, lets look at what wildlife was seen in the Cairngorms National Park this month. We have all been exploring our surrounding further and taking notice of nature in our gardens and on our nearby walks. Daylight saving means that evenings were light until around 11pm, providing some great sunsets and evening strolls. Sunset Young Blackbird (Kate M) Treecreeper fledgelings (Neil Martin) As spring rolls into summer, the loud and apparent b

Yorkshire in Summer with Sally Nowell

Yellowhammer (Chris Piper) This was our first venture into Yorkshire in the summer and it did not disappoint! Our trip was packed with great Reserves, stunning scenery, hidden valleys and quiet country roads, friendly people and welcoming hotels, but best of all it was stacked with some of nature’s real delights……. Male Marsh Harrier (Chris Piper) Marbled White on Common Spotted Orchid (Chris Piper) A major highlight was without any doubt the stunning Bempton Cliffs. At this