Wildlife watching in the Cairngorms National Park and beyond

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Run by: Speyside Wildlife

Reference number: Summer Wildlife Bonanza

From: £1095.00

The special northern butterflies, dragonflies and wild flowers, are added to a cast of Highland birds and mammals on our much requested Highland Full Monty!

  • Special, and scarce, Highland butterflies and dragonflies
  • Glen Affric - one of Scotlands most beautiful glens
  • A dozen species of orchid likely, including Coralroot and Small White
  • Relaxed Cairngorm walks for alpine flowers as well as Frog Orchid
  • A great list of Scottish birds and mammals too
  • Based at a wonderful hotel on the shores of Loch Ness
  • The perfect holiday for the ‘all-round’ naturalist

Starting in the Findhorn Valley we are straight into Golden Eagle country - a wilderness where Mountain Hare, Red Deer and Ring Ouzel are found. A short drive takes us to Loch Ruthven with its Slavonian Grebes and fishing Osprey, but the jewel of this area is delightful Loch Bran, where rare Brilliant Emerald and other dragonflies will be on the wing.We'll visit ancient Caledonian Pines, where delicate, pink Twinflower dot the forest floor and at Loch Garten, we'll look for Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill and Red Squirrel. Intermediate and Serrated-leaved Wintergreens are here too, plus White-faced Darter, Northern Damselfly and other dragonflies. Orchid meadows host Small White, Greater Butterfly, Northern Marsh, Fragrant and Heath Spotted Orchids and Northern Brown Argus butterflies are nearby.Glen Affric is one of Scotland's most entrancing places where our walk will be dragonfly-filled with Northern and Downy Emerald, Golden-ringed Dragonfly, Highland Darter and a chance of Azure Hawker. Further west we’ll spend a day at fjord-like sea lochs where White-tailed Eagle, Rock Dove, Black Guillemot and Black-throated Diver star. We regularly see Otter here and at Loch Maree, in the heart of Torridon, there are Azure Hawker, Northern Emerald and Large Heath Butterfly, plus insectivorous Sundew plants.The seaside shingle of the Moray Firth has scarce Oysterplant and Scots Lovage at our feet, fishing Arctic Terns and Osprey overhead, plus Common Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins possible in the surf. One-flowered, Serrated and Common Wintergreen may be found, with delightful Creeping Ladies Tresses in nearby dune forests. We'll also potter up into the Alpine world of the Cairngorm Corries, where we'll encounter Frog Orchid, Starry Saxifrage, Cloudberry, Dwarf Cornel, Globe Flower, Trailing Azalea ... and many more.If you are interested in all kinds of wildlife, then this really is the holiday for you!!



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