Highlands of Scotland
Thursday 9th to Wednesday 14th October 2022
Come and Join me as we spend 5 full days together, seeking out some seasonal Highland species. Autumn is one of the best times to experience the highlands. The autumn colours should be spectacular, the influx of winter migrating birds is about to start and of course, the glens are rumbling to the guttural roars of Red Deer Stags as their rut is in full swing. There are good chances of Red Squirrels (we just call 'em Squirrels up here), Black Grouse, two Eagle species, and local endemics like Scottish Crossbill and Crested tit. Plus you'll get some insight into many of my favourute smaller species too (I've not even mentioned Fungi!) Places are going fast. But if you can't get on this one there will be others. See below...
Festival of British wildlife
21st May 2022
This is the full package, you'll be spoilt rotten with a comprehensive programme of activities across the 600-acre Aigas estate. Ideal for photographers and non-photographers this Festival of Wildlife offers a range of activities with talks and master classes ranging in topics from photography, UK wildlife and conservation projects. You'll have exclusive access to the well-established specialist hide network to observe and photograph some of the most iconic species in the British Isles including pine marten, badger, red deer and beavers.
The long spring days will allow plenty of time to explore the spectacular glens and straths and the evocative ancient Caledonian pine forest where European crested tit and Scottish crossbill thrive, while golden eagles may be encountered in the more rugged areas. Pine marten and badgers are regularly seen and photographed from the purpose-built hides and along the banks of Aigas Loch we look for resident beavers or visiting otters.
Isle of mull wildlife extravaganza
From the comfort of Knock House in the heart of the 32,000 acre Benmore estate we will explore the beautiful island of Mull in search of a wealth of different birds and mammals, gaining a fascinating insight into island life along the way.
With luck we will enjoy views of otters, white-tailed and golden eagles, hen harrier and short-eared owl. A boat trip to the neighbouring Treshnish Isles will provide plenty of opportunity to spend time with one of the UK’s most charismatic seabirds, the enigmatic puffin, while a boat trip with Sea Life Surveys offers the chance of seals, common and bottlenose dolphins, basking shark and even minke whale. Amongst the many wildlife highlights we will visit some delightful villages, stretches of coastline and areas of outstanding natural beauty, not to mention the Whitetail Gin Distillery!
In the evenings we will enjoy a sumptuous meal of the finest local produce, reflecting on the days many highlights, before retiring to one of the house’s many living areas for a nightcap.
With exclusive use of Knock House and access to the entire estate, including some remote areas rarely visited by the general public, this trip to Scotland’s Eagle Island promises to be an experience you’ll never forget!