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.
Saturday 18 May 10am-4pm in Aviemore: Celebrating Cairngorms Nature is a FREE great day out for all the family. Set in a tented village opposite the railway station there will be lots to do including: pond dipping, walks up to Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, environmental art, story telling, face painting, dog obedience testing, outdoor access workshops, chainsaw carving and music from the Feis Spe.
Saturday 25 May 9am-late in Boat of Garten: ‘Wild about Boat’ Osprey Festival offers a day of wildlife-themed activities celebrating the Year of Natural Scotland with guided walks, wildlife watching, art and craft workshops, BBQ, African drums, plant sale, pond dipping, story telling, face painting and much more! Why not take the steam train – extra trains will run throughout the day the first one leaving Aviemore at at 8.30am!
Sunday 26 May 11am-4pm in Newtonmore: The Highland Folk Museum is holding its first vintage day with tractors, classic cars, vintage vehicles and machinery on show. Come and support this new addition to the Cairngorms National Park events calendar – entrance is FREE. Donations welcome.