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Join the Bird Watch­ing team for a spec­tac­u­lar spring wildlife break

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Join the Bird Watch­ing team in beau­ti­ful Scot­land on a won­der­ful bird­ing break

SPRING IN SCOT­LAND means rich wildlife po­ten­tial, sur­rounded by rugged beauty, and you can join us there for an ex­clu­sive trip from April 9-14, 2017. Bird Watch­ing mag­a­zine ed­i­tor Matthew Mer­ritt and as­sis­tant ed­i­tor Mike Wee­don will be joined by UKBS ed­i­tor, and Scot­tish bird­ing afi­cionado, Gor­don Ham­lett to lead a week of wildlife watch­ing, based at the Grant Arms Ho­tel in Gran­townon-spey. The ho­tel boasts high qual­ity en-suite rooms and tra­di­tional Scot­tish fare pre­pared with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, and while it takes care of bed, break­fast and din­ner; we’ll pro­vide op­tional guided walks, ex­pert tips, bird quizzes, films and evening talks. From our High­land lo­ca­tion, we’ll be within easy reach of sites such as Glen­more For­est Park, for Crested Tits and Cross­bills; the Cairn­gorms, for Ptarmi­gan and pos­si­ble Snow Bunt­ing; and the Find­horn Val­ley, for ea­gles and other rap­tors. There’ll also be the chance to visit Mo­ray Firth sites such as Burghead and Spey Bay for wild­fowl (in­clud­ing sea ducks), divers, grebes and waders. We’ll look for Red and Black Grouse and Caper­cail­lie, too, in the forests and moors around Gran­town. As well as the great birdlife, there’ll be the chance to see dol­phins, Red Squir­rels, Red Deer, Ot­ter, Moun­tain Hare, and maybe even Pine Marten. The Grant Arms Ho­tel is home to the Bird­watch­ing and Wildlife Club and its ex­pert staff will be on hand to guide you to the best ar­eas, of­fer lo­cal knowl­edge and sea­sonal tips if you pre­fer to or­gan­ise your own time. It’s per­fect for bird­watch­ers of all lev­els and a great way to meet like-minded peo­ple, share tips and make the most of this time of year. Find out more about this trip – and how a new sub­scrip­tion to our mag can cover the cost – at bird­watch­ing.

Cross­bill Caper­cail­lie

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