Blairgowrie Wildlife

Summertime & dragonflies

May 27

Summertime & dragonflies

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016

We had quite a chilly spring up until a few weeks ago so I wasn’t too surprised (though a bit disappointed) not to see any damselflies (or dragonflies) in April. However, after a number of days of hot weather, the first of the season’s damselflies and dragonflies are now emerging. Read More >

Spring is on it's Way!

Mar 04

Spring is on it's Way!

Posted on Friday, March 04, 2016

Snowdrops have been out for a few weeks now, crocuses are just unfurling and daffodils will be in flower within a few days. It’s always a special time of year - the cusp between the end of winter and the start of spring. It’s nature that tells us when spring is here – the birds start singing to establish their breeding territories and we heard our first blackbird song of the year just the other day. It was so beautiful that we uploaded a short clip on to our Youtube channel here.  It’s well worth a listen!   Read More >

Beaver Safari by canoe!

Jan 17

Beaver Safari by canoe!

Posted on Sunday, January 17, 2016

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. Read More >

Autumn Wildlife

Oct 25

Autumn Wildlife

Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2015

This week I was lucky enough to be asked to run a 'Tall Trees & Local Wildlife' guided walk for a company running an 'Autumn Gold' holiday in Perthshire. We met at the Hermitage which is a top spot for tall trees, with a Douglas Fir growing close to Ossian's Hall measuring 212ft - one of the tallest trees in the UK.  Read More >

Perthshire Wildlife - Dragonflies

Aug 04

Perthshire Wildlife - Dragonflies

Posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

It’s early August and although this is meant to be one of the warmest months of the year, the Met office says we are enjoying the sort of temperatures that we would normally expect in October. Which probably explains why we didn’t see many dragonflies on our dragonfly walk this morning!  Read More >

Our Swifts Arrived

Jun 16

Our Swifts Arrived

Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I have just returned from leading a guided swift walk in Blairgowrie, which is still a great place to see swifts. We managed to find screaming parties where the birds were hurtling around space at high speed, coming close enough to us so we could feel the draught they created, and hear their wings flapping stiffly. We were lucky enough to see one zip into its nest site underneath a gutter - which took place so quickly that you would have missed it if blinking. Read More >

The Amazing Wildlife of East Perthshire

May 13

The Amazing Wildlife of East Perthshire

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spring is here at long last – writing this in mid-April, I can hear willow warblers, blackcaps and chiff- chaffs singing away in the garden – all of which are beautiful to hear! Our summer migrants are arriving back from their wintering grounds in Africa and our winter migrants such as fieldfares, redwings and pink-footed geese are leaving us and heading north to start breeding in Iceland, Greenland and Scandinavia.  Read More >