Wildlife watch on side of loch

Strathearn Herald - - MAMEORY LANE -

Na­ture-lovers will be able to take part in a guided wildlife watch at a Strath loch.

Kim and Fraser Proven from Loc­hearn­head’s Briar Cot­tages and An­drea Hud­speath of St Fil­lans-based Aquila Ecol­ogy will be run­ning a se­ries of events at Loch Earn.

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

Binoc­u­lars and tele­scopes will be sup­plied.

Or­nithol­o­gist Terry Wil­liams will be lead­ing the tour.

He said: “Spring marks the re­turn of many mi­grant birds that breed over the sum­mer months – some re­turn­ing to the same nest ev­ery year.”

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 and pied wag­tails and sea­sonal gold­en­eye ducks, oys­ter- catch­ers, swal­lows and sev­eral rap­tors.

Fraser 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.”

Tick­ets for the May event cost £6 and can be booked by send­ing an email to [email protected]­col­o­gyscot­land.co.uk

Fur­ther sim­i­lar events have also been sched­uled to take place on July 12 and Septem­ber 13.

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