Staff blog: Young wildlife watchers explore Schiehallion
East Schiehallion property manager Liz Auty braves wintry squalls to take local nature-loving families bird watching at the fairy hill
Last autumn my friend Cristie and I set up a new Wildlife Watch group. Watch is the junior branch of the Wildlife Trusts, and there are local groups across the country.
The Breadalbane Wildlife Watch Group is based in the Aberfeldy area and have explored different locations with activities including bug hunting, practising our camouflage skills and looking for night-time wildlife.
In late April, I was very pleased to welcome the group to my patch at East Schiehallion for a session on feathered friends. Our local Wildlife Trust staff lent us some binoculars and four families set out to explore and see what birds we could spot along the way. After a beautiful week of weather the wind direction had swung north and the wind was chilly.
Our first stop was the ancient cup marked stone and we tried to imagine the people who had made the marks and the tools they might have used.
Next we made a lovely discovery of frogspawn in a tiny burn.
We spotted lots of meadow pipits (pictured at the top of the page) and heard wrens trilling away, and a robin was quite interested to see what we were doing, then the north wind blew and gave us a hail shower, so it was time to bring out the group shelter for some stories - with Cristie braving it outside while the children kept warm inside!
After they had tried out keeping warm inside that ‘nest’ we decided to have a go at building some nests ourselves that we thought birds might like to live in.
We had a lovely morning despite the weather and I am looking forward to more adventures with the group at different local nature reserves including pond dipping and habitat management. Find out about these and more at: Breadalbane Wildlife Watch Group.