Firstly, a very Happy New Year from all of us here at UK Wildlife Safaris, and thank you for visiting our site!
The new year is always an exciting prospect for those interested in the natural world. While the depths of winter are still upon us, we benefit from the wildlife that choose to reside in our temperate climes. However, the returning spring, and the natural wonders it brings, is drawing ever closer. As we search through the gaggle of wintering wildfowl and geese, we can already hear the sing-song tweets of our native tits, within the nearby woodlands, bartering for territory. It won’t be long before they are searching for suitable nesting sites and the wonderful chorus of bird song returns in full…
The Cairngorms: Highland Wilderness
Our tour calendar for the 2017 season begins in the Scottish Highlands (18th – 24th March). We’ll spend seven days exploring the Cairngorms National Park and surrounding wildlife hot spots. The Caledonian Pine Forests are not to be missed during this period and the chance of encountering species only present here increases dramatically. We’ll hear and see Crested Tit singing within the canopy and take you to sites known for Scottish Crossbill: a difficult species to encounter but with a little patience, we have every chance of pinning down this specialist species. The crash of the Capercaillie through the pines is more likely to be heard from March onwards and our site allows you to observe this species sensitively and without disturbance. It’s a truly fantastic experience!
Excursions outside of the national park will allow us to show you dramatic scenery and unforgettable wildlife encounters. We’ll visit the famous Raptor Valley where both Golden Eagle and the larger White-tailed Eagle inhabit. An array of raptor species is present in this location and often provide thrilling aerial tussles as they boldly mob the larger eagles. Further north, we’ll head to the coast and enjoy the exhilarating spectacle of fishing Bottlenose Dolphin before turning inland to witness the frenzy of feeding Red Kites.
No trip to the Cairngorms would be complete without visiting the wildlife hide on the Rothiemurchus Estate. Here, we’ll spend the evening with Pine Marten and Badger in a purpose built, heated hide. The wildlife will regularly approach within a few feet of the hide, allowing absolutely superb views of these creatures and their antics. Flashless photography is allowed so don’t forget your camera!
The scenery alone on this tour is simply breath-taking, but with the vast array of wildlife on offer, the Scottish Highlands are not to be missed. You can join us for a professionally guided tour, by booking via the link below.
We look forward to seeing you in March!