Food for Free – Foraging Walk along the Tay near Caputh – Fri 3rd June, 7-9pm.
Food for Free Foraging Walk along the Tay, Fri 3rd June, 7pm.
This walk is perfect for people who have ever inquisitively nibbled dandelion leaves, or munched a handful of wild berries picked when out for a walk – or thought about making some soup out of a wild patch of nettles. We will discover how much nature has to offer us on our doorstep – both for food and medicine. This is a flat walk alongside the River Tay and in its woodlands and we should see plenty of wildlife as well as edible plants. Wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes/waterproofs – we will have to cross a burn! The walk will last 1.5 to 2 hours.
Meet at Murthly Castle car park, Murthly, at 7pm. This is on Stagecoach bus route 34. A map of the meeting point will be e-mailed on booking.
Key species: Nettles, sorrel, fungi, wild garlic, sandpiper, dipper, sand martin, bats.
Dipping for Dragonflies guided walk: Sun, 26th June, 2-4pm, near Blairgowrie.
It’s National Insect Week so join us to see why insects are such amazing creatures! We’ll walk to excellent wildlife ponds along ancient Drove Roads to find the local dragonflies – and find out how to tell the difference between the commoner species. We’ll have some fun pond dipping and look at dragonfly larvae and other watery wildlife too. A great afternoon for all the family!
The walk is about 1 mile long, with some small hills so please wear sturdy shoes and bring waterproofs.
The meeting point is halfway between Blairgowrie and Alyth and not on a public transport route. A map of the meeting point will be e-mailed on booking.
Key species: Large red damselfly, Blue-tailed damselfly, Common blue damselfly, Four-spotted chaser dragonfly, Common hawker dragonfly, Mute swan, Reed bunting, Sand martin, Little grebe.
The price is £15 per family – up to 2 adults and 2 children per family.
Beavers in the wild – with a Canoe Safari!
Perthshire has a bonanza of special wildlife and one of the species that we are very well known for is the European Beaver. Perthshire has a beaver population of up to 200 individuals on the River Tay catchment, which includes the Rivers Isla and Ericht and their tributaries. As well as being found on rivers, they can be found living in lochs and large ponds.
Join us for a fabulous Beaver Safari by canoe with our partners, local canoeing experts Outdoor Explore, where we will explore a loch close to Blairgowrie, or a stretch on the Rivers Isla or Ericht. Choose the location to correspond with your canoeing ability – White Loch is perfect for beginners, while the Ericht and Isla are suitable for paddlers with some experience.
It is great fun with nice, easy canoeing and we easily see lots of evidence of the beaver family; an amazing lodge, beaver canals, feeding stations and chewed branches! The Beaver Safari by canoe includes canoeing instruction, your canoe, buoyancy aid, guiding by your wildlife guide and a wee dram at the end!
Outdoor Explore have a film of the dam here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llCFmi3jkRQ
Prices for a private 2 hour event with 1-4 participants are £45 per person.
Contact Daniele on firstname.lastname@example.org for availabilty and booking (please note that we won’t be running this tour from 5th to 22nd July due to holidays).
See beavers in the wild – with a Private Beaver Tour in Perthshire.
Experience the evening wildlife on one of Perthshire’s loveliest rivers in spring or early summer. This is the best time to easily see the wild-living beaver family of the River Ericht and makes an excellent birthday gift.
We will transport you from the meeting point in Blairgowrie to the River Ericht and guide you to the best viewing areas. Learn all about the history of beavers in Scotland, their life story, how they re-appeared in Perthshire and why they are so important to the ecology of our rivers.
This offer is valid for up to four people and the Beaver Safari will last approx two hours. Date to be arranged at your convenience and your booking is valid for one year from date of purchase (please note that we won’t be running this tour from 5th to 22nd July due to holidays).
Key species: European beaver, Kingfisher, Sand martin, Dipper, Goosander.
Beaver eating Sweet cicely on Private Beaver Safari in June 2015