Amaz­ing na­ture to be seen on Is­lay

The Oban Times - - FEATURE -

Is­lay is a place where na­ture and his­tory come to life; a wet and wild land­scape with sandy beaches and amaz­ing skies.

Get closer to Is­lay’s wildlife at one of the RSPB Scot­land’s two na­ture re­serves. Ev­ery Oc­to­ber thou­sands of geese flock to the green fields of Loch Gru­inart and stay over win­ter be­fore head­ing back to their breed­ing grounds in Green­land. At the Oa there are wild sea cliffs and open moor­land, pro­vid­ing the per­fect home for mag­nif­i­cent golden ea­gles.

A walk along the trails will im­merse you in the sights and sounds of Is­lay; from the white cot­ton-grass on the moor and the car­pets of blue­bells in the woods to the melodic sky­lark or ‘pee-wit’ cry of lap­wings in sum­mer. Make time to sim­ply sit and let the world go by. Your pa­tience may be re­warded with sights of chough feed­ing at The Oa or the rasp­ing ‘crex- crex’ call of the corn­crake at Loch Gru­inart.

Both re­serves are work­ing farms where agri­cul­ture goes hand in hand with wildlife, as it has done for centuries. Ev­i­dence of early farm­ers still mark the land­scape with an­cient hut cir­cles and ru­ined cot­tages.

Dis­cover more of the amaz­ing sights and sounds the re­serves have to of­fer by join­ing one of our weekly guided walks from April to Oc­to­ber.

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