Wild flowers, wildlife gardening and guided walks with the Council’s Rangers
Next weekend (21st and 22nd May) there are two Highland Council events taking place celebrating wildflowers and garden wildlife and on the 25th May the Rangers will be leading a daytime walk in Ross-shire, an evening walk around Merkinch Nature Reserve and a hunt in Dunain Community Woodland for the rare Highland dragon.
The first event takes place on Saturday (21st May), at 2pm in Inverness and is all about wildlife gardening. This practical, hands-on, family friendly session will be led by the local Ranger and activities will include making minibeast shelters and bird feeders as well as getting advice about gardening for wildlife. Booking is essential so please phone 01463 255291 to book places and to get details of where to meet up.
On Sunday (22nd May) at 10am, the Rangers will be leading a walk to look at wildflowers at Ardersier. The short walk will be along the shore and into the secluded glades of the common. The meeting up point for this event is at the Ardersier Common picnic site car park (NH 779 557). For more information please phone 01463 255 291.
Wednesday 25th of May is a day to stretch your legs and get outdoors to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring as the inner Moray Firth Rangers will be leading two guided walks.
The first, Loch Kinellan and the Black Loch, takes place in the day time in Easter Ross. The walk starts at 10am and explores the lochs above Strathpeffer, looking for grebes, wildfowl and perhaps a green hairstreak butterfly or two. Booking is essential for this walk so please call 01463 255291 to book or for more information.
On the same date, they’ll be the chance to join the Rangers for an evening stroll at Merkinch Local Nature Reserve starting at 7.30pm. Why not join Katy the Ranger as she looks for plants and animals that live in this green haven in Inverness? Anyone interested should meet at the Old Ferry Ticket Office, The Turning Circle, Ferry Road, Inverness (NH 655472) and bring waterproof footwear.
The final event in May takes place at Dunain Community Woodland in Inverness. Something has been sighted here, a very rare Highland species of Dragon! The “Search for Dragons” event takes place on Saturday the 28th of May from 10am – 12pm. Why not come and join the dragon science team in the search for the rare Highland dragon? They’ll be the chance to look for tracks, signs and maybe even dragon eggs. This event is suitable for families with children aged 4-10 years old who have a sense of adventure.
The price for each of these Ranger-led events is £4.50 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and £15 for families. There are many more events from the countryside rangers this year. For information on other walks and events, please look at the calendar on the rangers’ website (www.outdoorhighlands.co.uk) or contact us on 01463 255291, email firstname.lastname@example.org.