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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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Deciduous Trees of Speyside

Sessile Oak (Quercus Petraea) One of the largest deciduous trees in Speyside, growing to between twenty and forty metres in height and...

March 2024 Evening Mammal Hide Update

Badger Sightings The Badgers continue to come in and feed at our hide near Aviemore, now that the winter has passed it is warmer and that...

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...

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...

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...

The Arrival of the Autumn Migration

Here in Strathspey, it has been noticeable quieter the last couple weeks. Warblers and Swallows left us to head for warmer climates for...

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...

Botany in Speyside (Part 2)

Hello everyone, it’s Harris here and we are back with part two of ‘Botany in Speyside’. Last time we looked at some of the rarest plants...

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...

Botany in Speyside (Part 1)

Hi Everyone. For this post I’m going to talk about botany. The Cairngorms is well known for its birds and mammals. But equally as rare...

A Lunch with a View in the Cairngorms

As any good guide knows, when planning a day out, you don’t only think of the species you hope to see and where you think they might be....

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