Category: day guide

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. Compared to the Winters of

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Wildlife playing a part in Christmas Traditions

During the festive period, wildlife also have an important part in Christmas celebrations around the world and here in the Cairngorms. Whether it’s in Christmas songs, stories, decorations, wildlife has a part in this busy time of year. Our National Bird – the Robin Birds are often a feature of

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November in the Cairngorms

The last of the leaves have fallen after a hard frost, snow has made an appearance and Winter is full motion in the Cairngorms. November can be dark and wet, where the sun barely makes it over the horizon, but wildlife is still active and often need our help to

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May/June in the Cairngorms

Snow flurries still occurred throughout May, much to the wildlife’s surprise. Migrant bird such as Cuckoo and Flycatchers were establishing breeding grounds. Swallows, Warblers and Swift were later arriving in the area due to the strange wind directions, but have since been very active since arriving back, with ‘screams’ of

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Spring in the Cairngorms

With only a few days of snow flurries, March into April has been reasonably mild in the Cairngorms, with daffodils making an early appearance and bird becoming very vocal. Some migrants like the Waxwing and Brambling are still being seen but frog spawn can be seen in many ponds and

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Scotland’s Big 5 – Wildlife in the Cairngorms

There is no doubt that people visit Scotland for it’s wildlife. It is no African safari, but Scotland has its own unique ‘Big 5’ wildlife species, that are said to be the reasons why wildlife enthusiasts visit this varied country. Out of the five, four of the species can be

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February in the Cairngorms

With freezing temperatures at the beginning and temperatures of seventeen degrees by the end, February has felt like a jump into Spring. Birds and wildlife have been on the move, with garden birds starting to sing loudly from the tree tops. With a lack of snow for the later part

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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

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