The Watcher

November 2017 Edition

By November autumn migration is all but over and our winter visitors are now settling in until the warm days return again. Wildfowl numbers are now peaking with large flocks of Pink-footed Geese gathering along the Moray Firth. Itís worth checking out these flocks for any unusual vagrants with them, already this autumn there have been sightings of Snow Geese and the rarer ďwildĒ forms of Canada Goose. 

October 2017 Edition

This month sees the wildlife really begin their preparations for winter, as the last yellow leaves fall from the birches and aspens, we may even see the first snows fall on the high tops. Mountain Hares and Ptarmigan are beginning to moult in to their winter white camouflage on the hills and skeins of Pink-footed and Greylag geese arrive to find some pickings after the harvest down in the Strath.

September 2017 Edition

Itís all change this month, with autumn now well under way we bid farewell to our summer visitors and look forward to seeing our wintering birds back again. 

August 2017 Edition

This month sees the hills begin to be bathed in a flush of pink as the Heather (ling) begins to bloom. The richer purple Bell Heather has been in flower for some time now but this is gradually replaced by the classic pink the moorlands are so famous for. It also signals the beginning of the end of summer, and already we are seeing waders appearing on the coasts, many now gone from inland. 

July 2017 Edition

WALKING IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

With the Cairngorm Mountains, Monadliaths, Cromdale Hills, Speyside and Dava Ways on its doorstep, The Grant Arms Hotel at Grantown-on-Spey is the perfect base for a Walking Holiday. Itís not just the fifty refurbished rooms, the good food, the comfortable public areas and bar. Itís also things like the Drying Room, Boot Wash, Information Centre, Nature Library and the regular Programme of Walks and Talks which make the Grant Arms the perfect place to stay.

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Celebrity Guided Week with Nigel Marven 25th Nov-1st Dec 2017

Join us and Naturalist and Wildlife TV Producer & Presenter NIGEL MARVEN to look for some of Scotlandís iconic wildlife. Includes 6 nights Full Board accommodation, 5 fully guided day trips, a talk and film by Nigel, free wine with dinner and much more.


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