Swifts & Bats of Auchterarder: Thursday, 28th July, 8pm.
Swifts & Bats of Auchterarder: Thursday 28th July, 8.00pm – 9.30pm. Meet outside the Co-op, 124 High St, Auchterarder, PH3 1AA
Did you know that swift chicks can go into a type of torpor in bad weather? Why have swift numbers dropped so much in recent years and how can you help? Learn all about the amazing ecology of this enigmatic bird and what the Strathearn Swift Conservation Project is doing to help conserve our swifts. The walk is about half a mile long on pavements – wear sturdy shoes or boots, bring warm clothes and waterproofs, and binoculars if you have them. Prizes for everyone who spots a swift! We’ll also have some bat detectors to pick up the mysterious sounds of these midge-munching mammals!
Key species – Common swift, bat species.
This walk is part of the Strathearn Swift Conservation Project which is managed by Perthshire Wildlife. Photo by David Moreton, courtesy of Swift Conservation.
It is free and booking is not necessary, just turn up!
Food for Free – Foraging Walk along the Tay near Murthly: Sunday, 21st August, 11am.
Food for Free Foraging Walk along the Tay.
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 11am. 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.
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
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 2-4 participants are £45 per person.
Contact Daniele on email@example.com for availabilty and booking (please note that we won’t be running this tour from 5th to 22nd July due to holidays).