Chance to take part in wildlife watch on banks of Loch Earn

Perthshire Advertiser - - NEWS - RACHEL AMERY

Na­ture lovers will be able to take part in a guided wildlife watch at a Perthshire loch later this year.

Kim and Fraser Proven from Briar Cot­tages and An­drea Hud­speath of Aquila Ecology will be run­ning a se­ries of lochside na­ture view­ing events at Loch Earn as part of Scot­land’s year of coasts and waters.

The first event will take place on Sun­day, May 17 at 10.30am.

Binoc­u­lars and tele­scopes will be sup­plied by St Fil­lans-based Aquila Ecology, and those tak­ing part can learn more about the loch’s res­i­dent wildlife.

Or­nithol­o­gistTerry Williams will be lead­ing the tour.

He said:“May is an ex­cel­lent time for this event as spring marks the re­turn of many mi­grant birds that breed over the sum­mer months - some re­turn­ing to the same nest every year.

“Aquila Ecology’s base is in St Fil­lans on Loch Earn where we or­gan­ise na­ture watch­ing ex­cur­sions all year round.

“We are also de­lighted to work with in­di­vid­u­als and groups on be­spoke na­ture tours and sessions.”

The tour group will meet at Briar Cot­tages in Loc­hearn­head, which is right on the banks of Loch Earn.

Guests at the cot­tages have re­ported see­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent crea­tures at the lochside, in­clud­ing ot­ters, slow worms, pine martens, deer and stags, red kites and red squir­rels, as well as gar­den birds such as robins, bullfinche­s, pied wag­tails and sea­sonal gold­en­eye ducks, oys­ter­catch­ers and swal­lows.

Fraser Proven from Briar Cot­tages hopes those tak­ing part might even be able to see an osprey or an ea­gle.

He said:“We are look­ing for­ward to host­ing lochside na­ture watch events and wel­com­ing new guests.

“It will be help­ful to learn from An­drea and Terry about the species that are at­tracted to our gar­den on Loch Earn.”

To book onto the May na­ture watch, tickets cost £6 and can be booked by email­ing info@ aquilae­col­o­gyscot­land.

Sum­mer and au­tumn na­ture watches at Loch Earn have also been sched­uled from July 12 and Septem­ber 13.

Na­ture lover An­drea Hud­speath from Aquila Ecology will be run­ning the events on Loch Earn

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