Lords of the Dance wildlife watching event in Glen Feshie, Badenoch

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The Highland Council Countryside Rangers are inviting families and individuals outdoors for a chance to witness one of life’s amazing displays.

The event takes place in Badenoch and Strathspey from 5am to 7am on Saturday 29 April. Although an early start is required it is hoped that folk coming along will be rewarded by getting to watch some beautiful dancing from the rather elusive Black Grouse. These wonderful birds like to strut their stuff in front of the females to show how strong and virile they are. They jump, twirl and fluff their feathers to a silent orchestra only they can hear. 

Ranger Saranne Bish said: “We’ll set off good and early before it gets light to settle ourselves in with a cuppa and bacon butty. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to see the display but even better would be a female or two and perhaps a Capercaille too? The lovely burbling sounds of the birds will also be audible – hopefully. Let’s hope we hear curlew, lapwings and anything else interesting to make it worth our while at such an early start.” 

Places must be booked in advance by giving Saranne a call on 07818 588 222 or e-mailing saranne.bish@highland.gov.uk  The cost will be £4.50 for Adults; £3.50 concessions and Families £11/£15 

Full details of where to meet up will be given out at the time of booking. Anyone coming is asked to wear warm clothes including hat, gloves and warm boots. They should also bring binoculars if they have them as well as an adventurous attitude. 

The Countryside Rangers run many events and guided walks which aim to help raise awareness and encourage appreciation of the scenery, wildlife and heritage of the Highlands. A programme of Ranger Guided Walks and Events is on the council’s website at: www.highland.gov.uk/outdoorhighlands 

13 Apr 2017
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