Course Location: Scotland
Course Duration: 5 Days
Course size: 10 People
Course Age Range: 18+
Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
Scottish Wildlife Experience
5 Day Scottish Wildlife Experience - Endangered Species & Conservation Tour
Join Jason Ingamells and Stuart Wedge on our unique Scottish adventure to share in their passion for our native wildlife as we learn about some of our most loved species that are under threat, with some exceptional behind the scenes access to some of the UK's leading conservation bodies.
We will spend our first day at The Scottish Deer Centre where we will see and learn about Lynx, Wolf, Scottish Wild Cat and European Brown Bear with talks from the keeper. We will take in the Otter talk and have chance to see the raptors and four species of deer found in the UK. Here we will also have a private walk around with one of the keepers where both the keeper and Jason will share their knowledge of deer. You will also be given the opportunity to feed. After leaving the Deer Centre we will visit a beautiful but secluded woodland for the chance to watch Red Squirrel feeding with the possibility of seeing Kingfisher and Otter who frequent the loch. We will retire to our accommodation for evening meal and a presentation on tracking skills.
Day two will see us wake up early for a chance of seeing European Beaver before heading back to the accommodation for Breakfast. After breakfast we will visit the Scottish Wildlife Trust for a session in a wildlife hide overlooking the beautiful Loch of the Lowes in Perthshire. European Osprey have nested here for over 30 years and we will receive a private talk from the SWT on their conservation work with the birds. We will break for lunch before taking a walk on the land, looking at the Beaver dam, feeding sign and hopefully tracks if we are lucky. We will take a short drive to the ancient woodland of Linn of Tummel where Stuart will take you through the intricacies of animal track and sign before walking into the woods to see what the animals are telling us.
Day three will see us starting off early for a dawn walk through a stunning Scots Pine woodland, home to the stunning and endangered species Capercaillie. We will look for sign of their presence and record any tracks we find. While there we will look at bird language and discuss how we can use this to understand other animal behaviour. After taking lunch in Aviemore, we will take a drive to the beautiful Findhorn Valley on a little Safari. We will have the chance to see Red Deer, Golden Eagle, White-Tailed Sea Eagle, Hen Harrier, Mountain Hare plus many more other species.
Day four will take us to the world renowned Aigas Field Centre where we will receive a private talk from Sir John Lister-Kaye on the Balmorality Triad. We will take lunch in the House of Aigas before setting out on the land to discover wildlife, learn about the Beaver re-introduction, pinewood regeneration and conservation projects. Afternoon Tea is provided in House Magnus prior to spending time in the wildlife hides and setting out trail cameras. The field centre is teaming with wildlife and regular sightings of Badger, Beaver, Deer, Pine Marten and Otter are not uncommon from the hides. Drinks and evening meal will be supplied in the House of Aigas before departing back to our accommodation.
Day five sees us return to Aigas Field Centre for an in depth look at Scottish Wild Cat Conservation. Our most endangered species with less than 100 animals in the wild requires help and this day we will learn all about the project and get our hands dirty in the conservation effort. Aigas Field Centre is part of the Scottish Wild Cat Action project and has Wild Cat in enclosures as part of a breeding programme. We will spend time visiting the enclosure during the day and helping out with conservation tasks in conjunction with the project officer.
We will travel back to Edinburgh in the late Afternoon before saying goodbye at Edinburgh Airport.
This wildlife tour is unique to Woodland Ways with no other like it. We expect interest to be high so book your spot now to ensure your place. You'll see spectacular scenery and journey into the world of our native wildlife, a perspective few will experience or see in their lifetime. Bring your cameras and binoculars for this trip of a lifetime.
Please note the course costs include all accommodation, main meal foods and transport during the course. It does not include snacks, tea/coffee etc. Some accommodation is in our wonderful hunting lodge with either double or twin shared rooms. Accommodation on the first night is within a hotel.
Full payment is required four weeks before the trip commences.
We will meet you at Edinburgh Airport at 09:00 on day one of the tour, alternatively if you are driving we will meet you directly at the Deer Centre for 10:00, where there will be onward travel to our accommodation later in the evening.
This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "18 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.
Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days) / 07843 064114 (Out of hours)
We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll call you back.
If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.