Countryside Ranger Events in June
The Highland Council Rangers have a varied series of events coming up over the next week or two, each exploring different aspects of the great outdoors from forest and coastal walks to a conservation task to help a very rare butterfly. Hopefully the weather will pick up this week and you can start the summer with a great outdoor experience with the rangers!
On Thursday 18 June, the Rangers will be taking an easy slow paced ramble to Plodda Falls near Tomich. Why not come along to learn about the wildlife and history of this site and have a picnic like the Victorians may have done. This walk takes place from 10am-2pm and anyone wishing to come along should meet up with the Rangers at Plodda Falls car park, Tomich (Grid reference NH279237). The cost will be £4 for Adults, £3 Concession and £11 for families.
There is also a chance for a Midsummer evening stroll along the bay at Ardersier looking at the wildlife and history of the shoreline and ending with a beautiful sunset. This event takes place on Sunday 21 June from 8pm to 10pm. The meeting up point is at the Pocket Garden car park, Ardersier which is first left after the Gun Lodge Hotel (Grid Ref NH 780554). This guided walk with the Rangers will cost £4.00 or £3.00 concession.
If you are still feeling fit on Saturday 27 June, why not help the Rangers as they plant kidney vetch plants along the Ardersier shore for the UKs smallest butterfly the Small Blue? Kidney vetch is the only thing the Small Blue caterpillars will eat so no wonder they’re so rare! So come along to the Butterfly Rescue Mission from 10am-12pm and give a helping hand. Tools and gloves will be provided. Meet at the Ardersier picnic site (Grid Ref NH 779557).
To book or for information about these and many other events being run by Highland Council Countryside Rangers in 2015, go to http://www.outdoorhighlands.co.uk/, find us on Facebook (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Countryside Rangers) or call us on 01463 255291.