One notable butterfly to look out for is the Scotch Argus along with the secretive Purple Hairstreak
rocky riverbank and making an 18-foot leap across the fast flowing River Garry. The area is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its wildlife set in this amazing gorge. There is a large area of mainly broad-leaved woodland which encourages some of the best summer migrants, like Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and Wood Warbler to breed. Other woodland birds to look for include Great Spotted Woodpecker, Treecreeper, Siskin and redpoll. The river adds a few gems, such as Dipper and Grey Wagtail, with Goosander finding plenty of fish here. Common Sandpiper will follow the river upstream with Oystercatcher and Woodcock over the river at dusk. Ospreys nest locally, so always look out for them passing by; with Buzzard and Sparrowhawk nesting in the woodland. In autumn, the place comes alive with fungi, with more than 400 species found here and the ‘Soldier’s Leap’ is a great place to watch Salmon moving up the river. With this abundance of fish, Otters are never too far away with Badgers, Foxes and Roe Deer also possible so there’s plenty to see, here. Walk down under the viaduct and onto the gravel shoal looking for Goosander and any passing Ospreys.
3Walk along the trail looking out for signs of Otter and listening for the sound of singing flycatchers and Redstarts.
4Walk down to the bridge looking out for Grey Wagtail and Dipper.
Wood Warbler Common Sandpiper