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Hope the weather warms up soon, blackthorn in full flower just waiting for the bees and just seen the first swallows of the year in Dunkeld so summer is on the way!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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The river looked to be in excellent shape this morning and hopes were high for a good day. As it turned out, however, things got off to a slow start and it wasn't until mid afternoon that the only fish of the day was landed. It was worth the wait, though,...
It has been a mostly peaceful day on our Loch of the Lowes osprey nest today, thank goodness, so we can all get over the excitement of the last few days! There has been much sharing of incubation duties between the male and female, and no fewer than four fish deliveries...

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Richard Bond got things underway this morning with a lovely 11lb sea liced fish on Port-na-Craig bank and this with followed up by Iain McLaren in the afternoon who landed a 16lber on Pitlochry bank - both were caught on the fly. The river was looking in good shape this evening...

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HI folks, it never seems to rain but it pours- on top of our human disturbance incident yesterday at the osprey nest yesterday ( see below) , now the webcam is playing up! The problem again appears to be the computer streaming side of things- rest assured we still have great images in the...

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Proud New osprey dad- 13th April, SWT Our first osprey egg of 2014 was most welcome , laid very early Sunday morning- just in time to help us celebrate 50 wonderful years of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Our visitor centre as packed yesterday with people enjoying watching the birds incubating their...
Wonderful news here at Loch of the Lowes with out first Osprey egg of the 2014 breeding season laid overnight.  At around 12.30 last night our nightwatch staff noticed classic egg laying behaviour- the bird lying low and panting, and at 12.47 the female stood up to reveal her new egg. ...
A peaceful morning down in the Pass of Killiecrankie - it will look quite different in a few weeks time with the leaves opening on the trees. Is spring on its way where you are?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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We are all waiting for our first osprey egg of the season to be laid…and wait .. and wait…will it arrive in time for our 50th birthday celebrations this weekend? Meanwhile we thought we’d give you all some insight into the birds behaviour since arrival, thanks to the work of our Species...

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With the river running high and few fish showing perseverance was the order of the day. Luckily Kenny Horne stuck at it - having lost a good fish early in the day on the fly on Pitlochry bank he was rewarded with a 15lb hen fish on the spinner from Port-na-Craig...

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Difficult conditions today with high water and an awkward westerly breeze. Les Dargie wasn't put off, though, and was rewarded with a fresh 13lb fish from his favourite spot at the tail of Sawmill. Once again it was the trusty Willie Gunn that did the damage....

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Our female osprey’s behaviour is changing and showing all the signs of imminent egg laying. She is much more nest bound today and is spending increasing amounts of time in the very nest centre. She seems restless and when she started sitting and heavy breathing early this morning , we all...
The office in Dunkeld and another sign of spring, the painters have arrived.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Nest material delivery 9th April by Marion Moore- copyright Our ospreys here at Loch of the Lowes have done more nest renovation this spring than I can ever remember! It all started of course when the male arrived early on 21st March, and in the absence of his mate, started the...
Spring has sprung - a chiffchaff singing at Linn of Tummel this morning plus lots of wild flowers starting to appear - wood anemones and lesser celandine.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Conditions weren't ideal today with the river still running high. Persistence and flexibility can go a long way to achieving success, though, and Paul McCarthy proved this with a 16lb beauty falling to a Blair Spoon late this afternoon on Port-na-Craig bank. Good effort. Paul's party have another couple of days...

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Due to the volume of emails received about webcams, we are unfortunately not in a position to respond to all on an individual basis. However, we welcome all feedback and can confirm that all emails received will be read. To ensure your comments about webcams are logged properly, please put “Webcam”...

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Here at Loch of the Lowes we are all now eagerly awaiting the possibility of osprey eggs any day – today is eight days since she was first mated this year, so the first egg could well be imminent.   Q: What signs will there be that a bird  is getting...

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Conditions didn't look too promising today with the river having risen about 20" over the weekend. A number of anglers persevered, though, and it paid off for Duncan Webster who caught a hard fighting 14lber on a floating Black & Gold Devon this afternoon on Port-na-Craig bank. The story doesn't end...

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All is well with our ospreys at their usual nest today- so far no high drama. Not too far way though, an interesting visitor dropped in: Yellow HA a young satellite tracked bird from Roy Dennis’s Highland Foundation for Wildlife. This bird is on migration home to Speyside, and dropped in...

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No more wet feet :)Tayside CVs March'14Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Alba checking out the new board walk extension.Tayside CVs March'14Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Digging out the boggy ground ready for the foundations.Tayside CVs March'14Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Willie on his 90th birthday yesterdayCongratulations to Willie MacGregor who had his 90th birthday yesterday. Willie was the Atholl Estates ghillie for many years and many of our anglers will have met him on their Lower Tummel Beat, which Pitlochry AC used to have salmon fishing on for some of the season. The beat is...

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Though I personally hate getting out of bed before 5am, the dawn osprey protection watch shifts do have their compensations- here is a photo we took this morning from the hide whilst we were trying to find the birds in the mist! Loch of the Lowes at Dawn 5th April by...
To celebrate our ospreys safe arrival we are having a special osprey themed weekend at Loch of the Lowes- this Saturday and Sunday. As well as a chance to see the birds live and on camera, with knowledgeable staff and volunteers around to help  answer questions, there will some serious family...

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Our poor ospreys have been sitting in the heavy rain for the last couple of days, possibly wondering why they left warmer climates to come to the cold Scottish spring!  Despite the rain , the male have been bringing in good sized fish to the nest and courtship is continuing between the...

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If you go down to Mill Dam today…you’re in for a beaver surprise!Regular visitors will have seen fallen trees, lying forlornly next to jagged, bright orange stumps, cut to a sharp 45 degree angle. Look more closely and you can see numerous teeth marks, where (in particular) alder and downy birch...

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It was cold and wet on the Tummel this morning but the fish didn't seem to mind - showing in good numbers throughout the beat for the first time this year. First to take advantage was Jonathan Tyson with a 13lber on the Flying C from Port-na-Craig bank - caught early...
The first of the salmon which will run up the ladder at Pitlochry Dam this season has just passed the counter a little over half way up the ladder. The water temperature is just under 6C. Fish in the start of the run only make their way slowly up the ladder, as their...

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Steve Watt got in on the action this evening with a fine 16lb springer caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank. The river has continued to fall and is now sitting at something like an ideal height. Hopefully some good catches in the next few days....

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Our birds have continued their courtship today and apart from a few squabbles over this mornings fish, things have been ‘happy’ and ‘calm’ on the nest. There have been successful matings and lots of nest building activity so things are looking good for the pair. The earliest we can hope for...

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The Tummel is sitting at a good height right now and is looking very "fishy". Gordon Nichol was able to take advantage this evening with a 13lber on a Black & Yellow Snaelda tube. Prospects look excellent and hopefully there will be more to come in the next few days....

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Our osprey pair have been settling back into life on the nest today and showing all the signs of a happy, stable couple. There have been lots of stick deliveries by the male, nest digging and arranging by them both, and some good fish deliveries shared- all good solid signs of...

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A message from our Technical team: We are aware a few people are having problems accessing the webcam. Firstly please ensure you are accessing it through the actual Scottish Wildlife Trust website: scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/things-to-do/wildlife-webcams/loch-of-lowes/ . It is also a good idea to refresh your bookmarks/favourites and ensure your browser is up to...
Killiecrankie Visitor Centre opens today, ready for the new season! Why not pop into the new look exhibition and shop. New for 2014 - big screen showing trail camera and wildlife footage, live "stump cam" and much more. We look forward to seeing you there!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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What a day it’s been- all the excitement of our female ospreys arrival, the whirlwind of media interest, and the flood of lovely phone calls and emails from people who are sharing our joy at the great news. All the staff and volunteers have been walking around with the happiest smiles you...

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She’s home! We are delighted that our  beloved veteran female osprey know by many as “Lady” has arrived home to her nest. She breezed in at 6.49am and sat confidently on her usual nest, before realising that her partner and his rival female were on flat top tree. She then took...

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Male on the nest 30th March 2014- copyright SWT Anyone hoping for a mothers day delight today in the form of our veteran female ospreys arrival  will have sadly been disappointed. Alas there have been no new arrivals on Loch of the Lowes,  just our male bird diligently continuing to add...

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Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A hard working group of volunteers - thanks everybody!Thistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North...
Thistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North...
Great effort splitting all those logsThistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Just a few logs to split!Thistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Stacking the wood ready for more charcoal makingThistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A nice tidy kiln site after a busy day's workThistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Bit messy working in the kiln :)Thistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North...
A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North...
A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North...
Midnight visit at the kiln and keeping warm by camp fireThistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North...
Self portraits with the artists charcoal made earlier :)Thistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Lunch by the River GarryThistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North...

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Igniting the kilnThistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Cleaning the marqueeThistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Great job on the landscaping :)Thistle Camp March 2014Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Thistle Camp March 2014A group of conservation volunteers helped us with a huge variety of jobs during their week long working holiday - thanks folks :)Original linkOriginal author: North...
Last few days to try and save the Blunderbuss....Keep the historic blunderbuss at CullodenThe National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, which reliesOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Here at Loch of the Lowes, we are still waiting with baited breath to see if our  much loved veteran female osprey will make it back this year- for the last two years she has arrived on 30th of March , so maybe tomorrow will be the day? If she does...
Here's some more badger footage from our Linn of Tummel family :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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The river remains stubbornly high but there are fish about - Les Dargie continued his excellent start to the season with an 8lber in Sawmill today - once again on the trusty Willie Gunn....
Our male osprey is still waiting for his usual mate, our veteran female known to many as Lady, to arrive, but in the meantime, he has been flirting with another female osprey nearby.  This new female bird was first seen earlier this week, and on Wednesday night there was some flirting...

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The high water doesn't seem to be putting off the fish with more success today. William Smith caught his first ever salmon this morning - a 12lber from Pitlochry bank on a Flying C. Having got a feel for it he then went on to catch another of the same size...

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It's been a long time coming but at last we're off the the mark - Gordon Nichol catching a 14lber on Port-na-Craig bank this evening on a Black & Yellow Snaelda - a fly much admired at a recent club fly tying evening!! Unusually, we've already had six fish off the...

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Our osprey male is still home alone- waiting patiently for his mate to arrive at Loch of the Lowes. No sign again today of other birds around our shores , but the male has spent almost all day going between the nest and sitting on lookout on flat top tree- a...
Our first Thistle Camp of the year (see www.nts.org.uk/volunteering) is well underway and the volunteers helped get our first charcoal burn of the year going. Some of the group even ventured out to help the rangers with the midnight checks :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Our apologies for the disruption to the osprey nest webcam again yesterday- our long suffering technician Michael deserves huge credit for working on it from 6.30am to 7pm yesterday to get it back on line. We share your frustration but the problems being experienced are not from any want of trying at...

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One of our Club members, Scottish Ladies Internationalist Kathleen Shepherd is involved in organising a fundraising competition on Rescobie on Sunday 27 April. The funds raised will go towards the travel and fishing costs of the Scottish Ladies Team competing at a home international on Traws Reservoir in Wales in May .The competition is from 9 am...

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Club members trimmed back vegetation which was obstructing paths and cleared litter on the members' Sawmill Beat today. This is part of ongoing maintenance work on Club waters organised by Club President Jimmy Ross. Special mention to Ben Carter (aged 4, not on photo) not only for a sterling effort collecting...

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The Angling Club's very well attended Annual Open Night was held last night in Scotland's Hotel. The evening started with the presentation of Club trophies by Rhona Smith to the 2013 trophy winners. Rhona had come down from Skye to present the new Maurice Wilson Trophy donated by herself to be awarded annually...

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Brian Joseph kept things ticking over this morning with a 15lb fish from the tail of Sawmill on a Vision 110.Further upriver at the dam the odd fish showed but nothing was caught. The river has remained quite high but should fall back over the next few days....

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The river has dropped back nicely this week with fishing conditions now close to ideal. First to take advantage was Calum McRoberts with an 11lber from Sawmill stream on a Payo. Les Dargie then followed up with a 9lb fish from the tail of Sawmill on a Willie Gunn. With the...

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Over 100 lots to auction for charity during our free open night at Scotland's Hotel, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry at 7pm on Wednesday March 12. Everyone welcome to participate and help raise funds for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance and Pitlochry Senior Citizens bus.Here are some examples: Hardy Goodwin reel - a rare model  - illustrated belowHardy Marquis...
Some members and visitors have been seeking updates from us on the closure of Port na Craig Footbridge for refurbishment work. The current situation is that the bridge remains closed and most anglers crossing between the banks at the bank changeover at 12 noon take their cars round over Aldour Road...

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The first fly caught salmon of the season was landed this morning by Les Dargie - an 8lber from the tail of Sawmill. Even more impressive was the fact that Les managed to land the fish without the aid of a net - no mean feat on the narrow bank in...
The air ambulance on a road traffic rescue mission at Bruar.Well known fly tying instructor Peter McCallum APGAI will demonstrate how to tie some great flies. There also will be a raffle (lots of prizes) and our very popular auction of fishing tackle, books and other paraphernalia mostly to do with fishing which is...

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The Tummel has dropped back to a good height over the last couple of days and Calum McRoberts  was able to take full advantage with a fine 14lb fish from Sawmill this morning on a Payo lure. Looking good for the weekend!...
We've had a few trees damaged in this winter's storms.Our tree surgeons had to reduce this oak so it didn't hit the toilet block at Killiecrankie, after the winds caused a large split at the top of the trunk. Can you spot the tree surgeon up in the tree?Original linkOriginal author:...

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Pitlochry Angling Club waters produced its first fish of the season this afternoon with Brian Joseph catching a 16lber on a Toby Salmo in Sawmill. With the river running high and not a single fish reported for the week on FishTay at the time it was definitely a day for the...
Our two year old osprey Blue YD continues to do well this winter in Senegal with the inland river territory his has found for himself obviously supplying enough food to get by, despite it being dry season. His movements this week have been typically spread around his favourite few square miles...
If you haven't had a look at the new NTS Nature Channel yet, then why not check out today's new film - salmon leaping at the Hermitage http://bit.ly/1dYOH2FOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Here's our first mystery picture of the year. Which of the North Perthshire properties is Alba exploring? - and what do you think this building was used for? We'll post the answer shortly :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Osprey season is just around the corner- spring is coming and our preseason preparations are gathering pace. We know its hard to imagine with snow still on the ground but the birds will hopefully be back in just 8 short weeks! Do you want a front row seat to all the...
Have you seen the National Trust for Scotland's new Nature Channel yet? Lots of films showing a great mix of the wildlife and landscapes our properties have to offer - see www.nts.org.uk/Nature-Channel. Here's a snippet of the Hermitage http://bit.ly/LJ160FWelcome to the National Trust for Scotland Online | NTS Nature Channelwww.nts.org.ukOriginal linkOriginal...
The air ambulance on a road traffic rescue mission at Bruar.Well known fly tying instructor Peter McCallum APGAI will demonstrate how to tie some great flies. There also will be a raffle (lots of prizes) and our very popular auction of fishing tackle, books and other paraphernalia mostly to do with fishing...
Just a quick update on our young osprey Blue YD in Senegal. He has had a very typical week on his favourite river. Below is a map of his movements this week. It is hard to imagine the scene there for our young bird, as it is dry season with unbroken...
We're looking forward to seeing what the Winter Watch team catch on camera at Mar Lodge Estate - an NTS property, not too far from us here in North Perthshire. Tune in for some great wildlife watching :)Timeline PhotosTake a look at the official #Winterwatch 2014 trailer! With the live broadcasts...

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Hello folks, your ranger Emma here, back from a brief holiday away in Australia. Some of you may know that I am originally from ‘down under’, though I have been working and living in the UK and Ireland since 1997. Having grown up with  a very different cast of wildlife characters, I...

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Ranger Events 2014Our events programme is now out for 2014. There are some new events and some old favourites. Have a look at www.athollestatesrangerservice.co.uk/ranger_events.cfm and start thinking ahead to the light evenings and warm sunshine....

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The 2014 season got underway on the River Tummel this morning with an excellent turnout of club members and a number of visitors watching on also. With the recent mild weather and the river sitting at 2'4" hopes were high for a repeat of last year's opening day success. Despite best...
Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat 13/1/14The conditions on the River Tummel look good for the opening of the Tay salmon season tomorrow (15 January) with the river having now fined down to about 2' 9" above summer height. The opening day each year on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat is reserved for paid-up Club members...
A cold and foggy day, or if you’re feeling more positive an atmospheric day! This was at midday looking south from the Garry Bridge towards the Linn of Tummel.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Salmon fishing day permits for Pitlochry Dam 2014 season are available via our Beatbooker on-line booking system. Book here. Please note that the beat changeover time is now 12:00 noon. The river banks are designated Portnacraig (right bank) and Pitlochry (left bank). You can start as early as you wish on the...

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Do you live in Perthshire? Are you between the ages of 16-19? Are you looking to pursue a career in conservation? Are you registered unemployed with the JobCentre and not already on any other work-scheme? If so, read on… There is a vacancy at Loch of the Lowes for a six-month paid...

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And so another year has begun… one which promises to be a particularly exciting year for those of us lucky enough to live in Scotland. With the arrival of 2014 comes the 2nd Year of Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles to name just a...
Remember those long warm days of summer? Last year Ivan Perry a Diptera (flies and midges) expert visited Killiecrankie and Linn of Tummel as he has done many times over the years. We have just received his records including at The Linn of Tummel , the first record in Scotland of...