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Advent Calendar; Day 10. Jelly "antler" fungus :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A great gift idea - and supporting the Trust's conservation efforts too!This Christmas, we think you lot can do better than a boring jumper. Choose battle scarred helmets, legendary stories and brilliant days out instead. With Gift Membership from only £21, give brilliant... not boring! http://www.nts.org.uk/nts-giftOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger...
Advent Calendar; Day 9. A frozen Soldier's Leap Dec 2010.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent Calendar; Day 8. Squirrels don't hibernate but are less active in winter. This one was munching on peanuts at Killiecrankie last December-think he's a bit camera shy!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent Calendar; Day 7. It’s Dunkeld Santa Day! He arrives in The Cross at 1.30pm. Visit www.dunkeldandbirnam.org.uk for the full programme.Welcome to Dunkeld and Birnamwww.dunkeldandbirnam.org.ukVisitor information for Dunkeld and Birnam, Perthshire, including accommodation, things to see and do, walking and cycling, food and drink.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent Calendar; Day 6. Tomorrow is Dunkelds main Christmas event ‘Santa day! Apart from the obvious visitor you never know who else will be there! This polar bear was a previous visitor, who was in the costume? Visit www.dunkeldandbirman.org.uk for the full days programme.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent Calendar; Day 5. No not Narnia but the Hermitage back in Dec 2010. Do you think we'll get a white Christmas like this?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Dunkeld's Christmas tree is now up but it took quite a few folk to help get it in place today. A bigger tree this year, meant we even needed the help of the army - thanks everyone!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Advent Calendar; Day 4. The Dunkeld Christmas tree goes up today - this was last year’s tree. Look out for a photo of this year’s tree later.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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With Christmas now fast approaching are you struggling to find the perfect gifts for your friends & loved ones? If so, we may be able to help you!… Here at Loch of the Lowes we have a wide variety of wildlife-themed gifts, from children’s stocking fillers through to limited edition photos...
Advent Calendar; Day 3. Linn of Tummel Jan 2011 - ranger Louise standing next to some of the river ice that was starting to break up.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Our young Osprey Blue YD ( 2012) is still doing well in Africa and has stayed in his usual haunts on the Senegal/ Mauritania border this week. Just how much these birds are creatures of habit is revealed by the picture below, which shows how often he has used a particular...
Advent Calendar; Day 2. Killiecrankie Feb 2013Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Portnacraig Footbridge 30/11/13. Note the scaffolding on the main supportsExtensive refurbishment work is taking place on Portnacraig Footbridge, so it is closed just now. As can be seen from the second photo, it is scheduled to reopen at 5pm on 20 December, which means it will be open again for the start...

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As we all contemplate the probable loss of this years Loch of the Lowes hatchling Blue YZ  on her first migration in Africa, there are understandably a lot of questions. Some we may never be able to answer with absolute certainty- such as exactly what caused her loss. Discussing others can...

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Still no news of Blue YZ which sadly means we are unlikely to make contact with her again- it does look most likely we’ve tragically lost her in Guinea Bissau. Lots of people have asked about why she might have perished and of course, there are many possibilities. One is that...

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The hills have had their second full carpetting of snow here after a wild stormy day on Wednesday with proper blizzards. If you want to come out to the hills now, full winter gear is recommended - ice-axe, crampons and winter boots. Many of the tracks are icy - so you need...

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Whilst we’ve all been worrying about Blue YZ over the past ten days or so, our other satellite tagged bird from 2012, Blue YD, has been a busy young osprey, making another of his periodic trips to the Senegalese coast and back. Late morning on the 9th he left his favoured...

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Unfortunately it looks like there may be a problem with our young satellite tracked osprey, Blue YZ, whose fascinating first migration we have been following so avidly this autumn. Despite several attempts over the last week to access data from her tracking device, the satellite is not showing any new data...

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Autumn continues apace here at Loch of the Lowes. The brilliant reds, oranges & yellows of early autumn are gradually fading as the trees lose their leaves and those remaining take on deeper shades of brown. The woodland birds & red squirrels, sensing the impending arrival of winter are frantically to-ing...

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It only seems a few weeks ago that we were all complaining that it was too hot, and looking forward to the cooler temperatures of autumn. As the seasons change, the glen shows its different faces, each with its own beauty:       October may be past, and with it...
Do you think these roe deer, that were caught on the trail camera at Killiecrankie, wanted to see if we had reached 200 "likes" yet? Share if you spot the 2nd deer in the shot and help us get 200 "likes".Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Sadly one of our car park pay machines was stolen from the Hermitage (between 6pm Sunday and 1.30pm Tuesday). As the NTS is a charity, the money from the parking meters raises funds for the conservation of the Hermitage. If anybody saw anything suspicious please let us know.https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-ash1/1063679_187446551307751_1344820357_s.jpgTayside PoliceTHEFT OF PARKING...

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Both our young ospreys are doing well and are still in their respective  wintering areas in Africa. Blue YZ has moved a whole 5 miles in the last few days, to an area  slightly downriver of her previous location. It is interesting in this close-up map to see her exploring relatively...
The BBC's 'Landward' recently filmed it's programme links at The Hermitage. Being broadcast this evening Friday 8th November at 7pm on BBC2 Scotland.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A mysterious looking Pass of Killiecrankie in the fog this morning.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Our two young ospreys in Africa continue to do well and the good news is that our 2013 chick Blue YZ seems to have found herself a winter territory in Guinea Bissau for now. He latest satellite tracking data shows her sticking around a delta in the Quinara region between the...
The recent heavy rains and frosts are speeding up the change from autumn to winter but the falls at Linn of Tummel were still looking great with the mix of colours at the weekend.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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As of today the Visitor Centre here at Loch of the Lowes has switched to our winter opening pattern. Consequently the centre is now open (weather permitting) Friday, Saturday & Sunday only, from 10:30am-4pm. The observation hide remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Crannog Hide & the...
Here are some of the great batty pencil holders that the kids made during our Halloween event yesterday, at Killiecrankie.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Killiecrankie Visitor Centre: Just a reminder that the centre is now closed until 1st April 2014. All walks remain open and the toilets and cafe will be open until Sunday 3rd November.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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WILD WEATHERWinter suddenly seems to have arrived in Blair Atholl. Torrential rain, hugely swollen rivers and snow on the hills added to the long dark evenings have definitely made it feel like winter is upon us.River Tilt in spate The Witches Rock - not such a good place for swimming today! The...
Killiecrankie's visitors may be spellbound today!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Some great questions coming in to our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. address about osprey migration- do you have a question not answered by our FAQ’s ( tab at top of this page)? Q: Did Blue YZ overshoot her destination and will she make her way back to the Senegal area where so many others...

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Our chick Blue YZ is still in Guinea Bissau, she seems to have stopped for now dotting around a river and it’s tributaries roosting and fishing which is just what you’d expect from a young Osprey. Whether she stays there remains to be seen so we’ll watch with interest will she...
Our two young birds in Africa continue to do well and are sending us fascinating information regularly. Their  transmitter tags are programmed to collect location information every hour , where available, and then transmit that info  to the satellite at set intervals: during peak migration, every 2 days, but as of...
Couldn’t resist posting another one of the Killiecrankie team at today’s Wheelbarrow processionOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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The loch is looking wonderful today with the fantastic colours of autumn reflecting on the water. The water level is very high at the moment following recent heavy rainfall. Fallow deer continue to rut & bucks & hinds have been sighted today from the hides. Slavonian grebes were spotted on the...
Well done to Ossian's train which won 3rd place in this morning's community decorated wheelbarrow procession in Dunkeld, seen here are the NTS team celebrating with Dougie MacLean.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Alba's enjoying her first autumn out on the properties and is having great fun playing in all the fallen leaves.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Just a reminder - if you're in the Dunkeld area this saturday (26th), remember to come and cheer on our wheelbarrow entry during this fun event :)Decorated Wheelbarrow Processionwww.highlandperthshire.orgTourist information for Highland Perthshire, Scotland, including Pitlochry, Aberfeldy, Dunkeld, Kinloch Rannoch and Blair Atholl.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Here's this month's mystery picture. On which North Perthshire property will you find this feature? Bonus marks if you know what it commemorates!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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With all the excitement about our young Osprey Blue YZ completing her first migration successfully, we’ve been forgetting somewhat to keep you up to date with what else is happening at Loch of the Lowes and SWT’s other Perthshire reserves this autumn. After the first decent summer for several years, we...
The autumn colours are really coming on now. This was the Pass of Killiecrankie this morning- looking quite atmospheric with the mist too. Enjoy the colours if you're out and about over the next week or so.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
The latest news from our young satellite tracked osprey Blue YZ  has just come in- and she has made it to the African coast safely!  After her mammoth migration she arrived in coastal Guinea around 1pm on the 18th ( Friday) and spent the next 48hours exploring the lush deltas in...

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Thistle Camp October 2013Here are some of the highlights from our last Thistle Camp of the year-a big thank you to the volunteers for all their hard work. Do you fancy a working holiday? -see www.nts.org.uk/ThistleCamps for more info.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Here are some of the highlights from our last Thistle Camp of the year-a big thank you to the volunteers for all their hard work. Do you fancy a working holiday? -see www.nts.org.uk/ThistleCamps for more info.Thistle Camp October 2013Here are some of the highlights from our last Thistle Camp of the...
Here are some of the highlights from our last Thistle Camp of the year-a big thank you to the volunteers for all their hard work. Do you fancy a working holiday? -see www.nts.org.uk/ThistleCamps for more info.Thistle Camp October 2013Here are some of the highlights from our last Thistle Camp of the...
First day's lunch spot - watching kayakers at Linn of TummelThistle Camp October 2013Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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A last throw over the closing days saw Gordon Nichol finish his season with a fish around 6lb in Sawmill-----Peter Rejner had a fish just over the 4lb at the Dam beat and also had two come off.----William Wilson finished our season with a fish estimated at 16lb from Ruan Ruarie....
The falls at The Hermitage are well up after yesterday’s steady rain. The autumn colours are slowly coming on.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Our young Osprey Blue YZ is still in Guinea ( as of yesterday) , but is now within 75km of the coast, to the south of the town of Boke . She is heading SW towards the coast and will arrive near the port city of Kamsar on the Rio Nunez, if...
This is Kerry working hard on our entry into the ‘Decorated Wheelbarrow Procession’, part of the forthcoming ‘Dougie MacLean Perthshire Amber Festival’. The train celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Highland Line. The procession is a great community fun event that takes place next Saturday 26th October, 11am in Dunkeld, well...
Anyone (members and visitors) interested in learning to tie flies, telling or hearing fishy stories whilst making flies or just being sociable is welcome to come along for the craic on the dates listed below, from 19:00 to 21:00 at Scotland's Hotel, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry with refreshments available in the bar...
Well it looks like Blue YZ is past the worst of her arduous crossing of the El Djouf Desert and has made it safely to its southern edge. After roosting again on Friday night on the top of sand dunes she flew more than 300 km on Saturday , showing no...
Good year for acorns in many places, some of the trees at Killiecrankie and the Linn of Tummel are loaded. Anyone seen the jays feasting on them?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
The sunlight through the trees was beautiful at The Hermitage today, with just a hint of autumn colours.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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As promised, updates on news of our young satellite tracked osprey as soon as we have them. We too are on the edges of our seats waiting for each new set of data to see how our youngster is fairing. As of 9pm last night ( Friday) she was in central...
Today was a beautiful autumn day with blue skies and the first frost of the season! Here's the view from Garry Bridge looking over Linn of Tummel Not a bad office is it!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Blue YZ is still going strong on her perilous migration. As of yesterday she was in northern Mali, and was finally starting to make a turn south west towards the coast. Blue YD to October 10th She roosted overnight on one of the rocky outcrops that run in a strong diagonal...

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Yesterday Calum Mc Roberts added another fish to a great season on Tummel. Calum caught a fish around 11lb in Sawmill on his way before work on a Toeshot 125 which I am told is a Japanese type Rapala style lure. Chinese rods----Japanese lures---what next--nuff said !....
Our young osprey Blue YZ seems to be making habit of taking dramatic routes on her first migration and worrying us all. If you have been following the interactive map ( see link to your right on this page) you will already know she left her sojourn location in Spain over...
Look and see which of our Perthshire properties has made the top 10!Timeline PhotosWe've chosen our Great British Family Days Out for 2013! Find out who's made it onto our list http://www.childfriendly.co.uk/family-days-out/great-britishOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
As we head further into October, some moths are still quite active. This colourful Feathered Thorn moth was spotted resting on a window at Killiecrankie Visitor Centre.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
A great way to get out and about and enjoy NTS properties :)Timeline PhotosIt's Top Up Time! Get 15 months membership for the price of 9 We want you to enjoy as many great days out as possible so we’re giving you even more time to get out and about with...

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A lift in water height and we are back in business. On Friday morning Calum Mc Roberts had two fish in Sawmill at 4lb and 16lb on a Payo 110. Calum followed this up on Saturday with a fairly fresh fish of 9lb caught on a No 3 Mepps at Ruan...

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Today at Loch of the Lowes wildlife artist Derek Robertson gave an excellent talk & presentation on his work & the wildlife he encounters. This has certainly encouraged our audience to get out & about even more through the autumn & winter months. Please could I ask you all to observe...
What a difference a bit of rain can make! After a long dry spell the Hermitage falls are now looking a bit more impressive- and the salmon are making the most of the higher water levels so keep an eye open for them leaping :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Just a reminder that it might be a bit noisier at the Hermitage tomorrow with the Colin McRae rally stages taking place in neighbouring Craigvinean wood. Big Tree Countrywww.perthshirebigtreecountry.co.ukJust a short trip can take you to Europe's oldest tree, the world's highest hedge, the sole survivor from Shakespeare's 'Birnam Wood' ......

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We have a fabulous field report from our friend and keen osprey watcher Chris Wood who twice in the past week has actually visited the Spanish reservoir (Embalse de Piedras) where Blue YZ has been hanging out. Chris Wood Chris has seen several osprey around the reservoir – adults and juveniles –...
We spotted these spangle galls on our oak trees at Killiecrankie. Galls are abnormal growths that are produced by the host plant in response to chemicals secreted by the developing gall wasp grubs, in this case the cynipid wasp (Neuroterus quercusbaccaru). The wasp larvae in the galls mature in September, detach...

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There’s been some wonderful wildlife sightings here at the Loch over the last couple of days. This morning a Slavonian Grebe (also known as a Horned Grebe) was spotted playing around in the lilypads and has subsequently chummed up with a couple of Tufted Ducks.  This  is very exciting as it’s...
Alba thought she'd pop down towards Soldier's Leap to see how the Autumn colours are coming along. Probably another couple of weeks to go before we see the spectacular colours in all their glory, that Perthshire is famous for.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Sawmill produced a fish on Saturday for Clive Hibberd. The fish was in seasonal colours and by the measurements was around the 13lb mark. The fish was caught on a Jimmy Ross special Cascade also known as the Ghost Cascade....
Both our young ospreys are still doing incredibly well and going strong- such a blessing given the statistics of 50% or more of these young birds that do not make it through their first couple of years, due to a huge range of natural and human caused mortality. The two birds...

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As autumn advances, Loch of the Lowes is looking beautiful. The range of temperatures from below freezing to a balmy 20C this week, has ensured an amazing display of colours as leaves fade from summer green to yellows, red & bronze. Winter migrants continue to arrive on a daily basis & it...

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Sorry its been a couple of days since my last blog folks- it’s been a busy week here at the Loch despite the lack of ospreys! On Monday our trusty team took down the HD osprey nest camera for maintenance  over the winter- hopefully we will be able to get to...
Each month we are going to post a photo of a mystery location at one of the properties, partly to show some of the views or things that can often be overlooked, but also to see if anyone can identify the location. We are starting off with an easy one....So where...
Around this time of year, male house spiders are on the move looking for a mate, this one was spotted in our Dunkeld office. September is the month to see them running across your carpets and in your bath! Your help is needed to help with a UK wide survey of...
This is a picture of Cauliflower fungi seen at the Hermitage today on our fungi foray.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
We saw 5 salmon leaping up the River Garry at the falls below the Soldier's Leap viewpoint this afternoon. Today's rain has helped raise the river level for the salmon to head upstream to their spawning grounds.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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John Anderson was Principal Hydrologist for SEPA for the River Tay. When he retired, he decided to explore the river properly and walked its entire length from Broughty Ferry to Ben Lui in 9 days. John’s talk will cover the people he met, the wildlife, the Tay’s history, and its floods...
Here's some footage, from our stalk camera, of one of Killiecrankie's red squirrels. They haven't been on the feeders as much recently, as this year's crop of hazelnuts is attracting them down into the woods, so look out for them whilst walking through the Pass.Red Squirrel-KilliecrankieOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger...
We spotted this lovely orange peel fungus (Aleuria aurantia) at the Hermitgae this week. Remember you can learn more on our "Fantastic Fungi" walk next Sunday at the Hermitage - see http://bit.ly/12y4VagOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Brian Joseph continues his successful season on Tay and Tummel with a fish around 12lb from Portnacraig bank last night on a Black Flying C....
Whilst out and about at Linn of Tummel we came across what looks like a badger latrine (a small toilet pit used to mark their territory). Here's Alba checking it out!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
This week sees the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Highland Railway Line in 1863. The Dunkeld to Inverness section was finally ready with civil engineer Joseph Mitchell and his workmen building the new railway across some of the toughest terrain in the land. Work included the Killiecrankie viaduct which...
No not autumn colours, but signs of Dutch elm disease on a Wych Elm in the Hermitage car park. The disease is caused by two related species of fungi that are carried around by various elm bark beetles. We haven’t any really big elms left on the properties but there must...
A few clouds in the sky today, but no rain so far. This was the Hermitage falls this morning, are all rivers as low as the Braan?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Tummel just below Pitlochry, 1/9/13Our river trout fishing in September through to the end of the trout season on 6 October is generally very good both during the day and in the evenings. Two SNFFL (Scottish National Fly Fishing League) competitions take place over this period, a SNFFL First Division one on Sunday...
Having created quite a few trips now around Birnam Hill on Everytrail (check these out), I realised this morning that I'd never mapped the standard Birnam Hill route which you find in all the guides.  So today was the day - nae messin' as they say, and this route sticks faithfully...

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Only two returns this week. Firstly Brian Joseph had a 9lb fish on Monday night fishing Portnacraig bank ( Flying C). Gordon Nichol was our other success on Sawmill with an 8lb fish on Wednesday night ( Stoats Tail ).   JK...

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Many summer holiday visitors have been leaving Blair Atholl over the last few days, and with the dismantling of the horse trials it has gone quiet. But this is not just because all the people have gone, many of the summer bird visitors have flown off too. Suddenly we notice that there's no...

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A quiet week on Tummel all round with most rods thinking of other venues to fish at the back-end of the fishing season. Brian Joseph was thinking along these lines at the end of the week. Quote! Having filled two reels with line yesterday ready for the backend, I went down...

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The great weather of the early summer has meant that the forest fruits are really flourishing.  Whereas the wild raspeberries are often a bit scabby, this year there is a fair scattering of beautiful juicy berries.  There are wild strawberries to be found that taste more like traditional parma violet sweets...

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Some very considerate angler left a bottle of factor 30 sun blocker on the table in hut at Loch Bhac and that certainly was the order of the day for the month of July.Catches certainly reflected this although some anglers found success fishing deeper water.Goldheads,buzzers and damsel nymphs were working well.The...
Rafters enjoying the Falls of Tummel this afternoon.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
We also walked to the Linn of Tummel with the guide dogs enjoying plenty of freedom whilst the sighted members of the group assisted with the guiding during the walk.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Lothian Blind Ramblers spent the day at Killiecrankie today and are seen here having a look at our charcoal kiln.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Still to moult into adult plumage, this young robin is a regular around the Killiecrankie Visitor Centre. But will be in its Christmas card plumage before you know it!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...