Wildlife tours to ex­pand

Tourism: Sa­fari firm adds new site to boost growth and help pro­tect species

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY DAVID WALKER

A Mo­ray wildlife sa­fari com­pany has ex­panded into the High­lands.

North 58 Sea Ad­ven­tures pro­vides tourists and lo­cals with trips out to ex­plore the Mo­ray Firth coast­line and the abun­dant amount of wildlife there.

That in­cludes dol­phins, seals, por­poises and, oc­ca­sion­ally, bask­ing sharks.

The firm run tours from both Find­horn and Lossiemouth, but has now

“Now we can run tours down the length of the coast”

an­nounced it will also be op­er­at­ing from Nairn af­ter tak­ing over Phoenix Sea Ad­ven­tures.

Si­mon Pater­son, manag­ing direc­tor of North 58, said the move was an ideal way to keep grow­ing his busi­ness with­out harm­ing wildlife.

He said: “It is our neigh­bour­ing har­bour so it was ideal for us to help con­tinue our growth.

“We can’t just keep in­creas­ing the num­ber of boats we put in the wa­ter at Find­horn or Lossiemouth as it would have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the wildlife from Lossiemouth to Find­horn.

“Now we can run tours down the length of the coast.”

Mr Pater­son is the owner and op­er­a­tor of Find­horn Ma­rina along with his wife Ka­rina, and is also the chief coxswain and founder of Mo­ray In­shore Res­cue Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

North 58 had a suc­cess­ful year in 2018, and de­lighted around 7,000 from ev­ery na­tion­al­ity as they toured the area.

Mr Pater­son hopes the new Nairn site will of­fer a slightly dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety of wildlife from the other two lo­ca­tions.

He said: “We are cur­rently do­ing a few trial runs from Nairn to find out what ex­actly there is and what we can of­fer on the tours.

“There should be some pods of bot­tlenose dol­phins, along with some seals to­wards Fort Ge­orge and wildlife birds such as gan­nets, ospreys and pere­grine fal­cons up at Cro­marty.

“The Nairn sea­son starts in April so we are hop­ing to have ev­ery­thing ready by then.”

SEA AD­VEN­TURES: North 58 op­er­ates tours to ex­plore the wildlife in the Mo­ray Firth from sites in Find­horn, Lossiemouth and now Nairn

Vis­i­tors from home and abroad are drawn to the area

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