Spring has sprung and with the longer, warmer days there is so much to see and do. EJ and Odin our resident Ospreys are back at Loch Garten, Capercaillie and Black Grouse are up early out on the leks and baby lambs are everywhere. The distilleries have re-opened for the season and The Spirit of Speyside Festival takes place 1-5 May 2014 with a some evening events taking place in Grantown-on-Spey. And there are lots of activities – the new Glenlivet Bike Trails are open, skiing is still underway at Cairngorm Mountain and the walking festivals get underway with the Aviemore Walking Festival from 11th May 2014. Why not visit us in Grantown-on-Spey to explore the wonderful Cairngorms National Park?
We are having such fantastic weather at the moment that our very own ‘springwatch’ is going strong! Osprey chicks at Loch Garten near Grantown-on-Spey are doing well, Crane’s have been seen passing Carr-Bridge just outside Aviemore and Black Grouse and Capercaillie are strutting their stuff at Glenmore Forest and Rothiemurchus Estate. Also, two Amur tiger cubs were born earlier this month at the Highland Wildlife Park and join the new addition of wolverines who settled in last month. There is lots to see and do near Grantown-on-Spey and the wildlife is simply outstanding at this time of year. Speyside Wildlife offers tailor-made day trips starting from Ardconnel House if you’d like a guide to show you some of the best places to see the local wildlife in action.
EJ the Cairngorms’ star Osprey has returned in time for Easter. She has settled on her usual nest site at Loch Garten and is busily preparing for the arrival of her mate Odin expected any day now. Last year they successfully raised two chicks – you can follow how they are getting on at the RSPB Loch Garten Reserve Website.