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Have you watched any of the wildlife and landscape films on the NTS Nature Channel yet? Why not check out the recently added short film showing some highlights from Killiecrankie...........killie edit1Filmed by NTS ranger L Medine - some landscapes and wildlife of the Pass of Killiecrankie, Perthshire. www.nts.org.uk/property/killiecrankie/Original linkOriginal author: North...

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Low water and hot weather isn't the best weather for fishing but James Dornan showed that with a bit of effort they can still be caught - with a nice fish of about 5lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank on Thursday. This morning the river came up by about 10...

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Well folks, it looks like there is no longer any doubt our beloved female osprey has left on her autumn migration as we haven’t seen her on the loch now since Monday. We all wish her a safe and swift journey to her wintering grounds, and a most welcome return next spring if...
Stirling International Angling Festival takes place from 6-10 August and we wish it well. The main public events are on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 August, but over the whole event, there are the sessions in a Six Nations Fly Fishing Championship. The river sessions of this, which are on an all catch...
The griffin is a legendary creature, part lion / part eagle, thought of as king of all creatures and known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. As the Dunkeld fountain conservation project nears completion, the one and only griffin on the fountain has been returned to its former glory and once...

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Despite the fact that the day has been very wet, we have had plenty of interesting animals visit us today at Loch of the Lowes A lovely Grey Heron dropped in on the osprey nest this morning for a look- here’s a link to the video: http://youtu.be/vgW7jZRVGaI Then later on a juvenile Great-spotted...

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We are going mad for mammals this coming weekend at Loch of the Lowes, so why not join us? Wood Mouse Meet a Wee Mammal 9aM-11AM Saturday 9TH or Sunday 10TH August: Join the ranger to meet our smallest local mammals: mice and voles , up close and personal. We will be live trapping...
Our next Battle of Killiecrankie event is on Thursday 7th August at 2pm, hear all about the battle itself during an interactive story in the woods, and then take the opportunity to handle the replica weapons, shown here, afterwards. Adults £4, Children £2, no booking required, just turn up.Original linkOriginal author:...

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Lots of osprey news from Loch of the Lowes at this exciting time of year for the birds. During August there are more ospreys in the air over the UK than at any other time of year, making it a perfect time to watch and photograph them. Right now almost all...
We are running a children's bug hunt at the Hermitage tomorrow, meet at 10.30am in the lower car park, £2 per child, accompanying adults free. Bug boxes provided!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Another unusual view of Dunkeld, this time the Telford Bridge taken from the Islands downstream in the middle of the Tay, the largest of which is a Trust property. Not easily accessible, but we were out today on a rare visit.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Despite weather conditions more likely to be found in Florida than Perthshire both hill lochs fished well during July.Buzzers,dries and small black flies seemed to do best at Kinardochy and Bhac with traditional wet flies also holding their own.As I write this report,weather forecasters are predicting low pressure moving in for...

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This Sunday in the visitor centre we are hosting an Optics Fair. A wide selection of Opticron binoculars and telescopes will be available to try out and buy, including an exclusive new range of five ‘Wildlife Trust’ branded binoculars. Sales of these binoculars will help to directly support the work of the...
On this WORLD RANGER DAY we pay our respects to Rangers across the world that have lost their lives in the line of duty. Over 1000 in the last ten years; 102 in 2013 and 53 to date this year. We have it easy here, but many rangers around the globe...
Here at the Scottish Wildlife Trust we strive to protect and encourage wildlife of all sorts, from the large and glamorous species such as Ospreys and Pine Marten, to the wee cuddly things like Red Squirrels,  beautiful things like butterflies and dragonflies, right down to the less glamorous but equally important...
Here are some rarely seen views of Dunkeld, taken from the top of the scaffolding on the Atholl Memorial fountain, the scaffolding is now down and final work to the fountain will be completed shortly.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Today is the 325th Anniversary of the Battle of Killiecrankie, 1689 - the first battle of the Jacobite uprisings. Here are some photos from the "Soldiers of Killiecrankie" event held this weekend.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Just a reminder if you're out and about.....https://fbcdn-profile-a.akamaihd.net/hprofile-ak-xaf1/t1.0-1/p100x100/420717_10150590209203040_2044364433_n.jpgThe National Trust for ScotlandCurrent weather conditions mean that the risk of wildfire on NTS properties is very high. Please take great care when visiting the countryside, and be vigilant for wildfire http://bit.ly/1l0QzbKOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
You can't beat North Perthshire in summer with the blue skies and sunshine :) The blue skies are a great back drop to the Scot's pines at Linn of Tummel.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Just a wee update on what's happening with the salmon counts this year at Pitlochry Dam fish ladder using information from our popular Pitlochry counter Twitter site -  see link on this page.  Salmon started getting up the ladder in early April at a water temperature of about 6C. During April although some salmon...

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Not much in the way of osprey activity at our Loch of the Lowes nest over the last couple of days- though both birds have been seen around the loch briefly. We suspect they may like most of us- sheltering in the deep shade during the heat of the day during...
Just a reminder that we'll be at the Soldier's of Killiecrankie event this weekend - why not pop along and see all the action? See http://www.highlandperthshire.com/things-to-do/major-events/soldiers-of-killiecrankie.aspx for more info.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
This month began with a bang, not only did the volunteer assistant rangers and I get our first sighting of a pine marten, but we also came across a wee hedgehog looking rather lost and confused in the road. We observed and watched its behaviour for some time to decide whether...
With the lovely BBQ weather we're having, we thought we'd better make some more charcoal at Killiecrankie! This was the evening sky above the Pass, when checking the kiln at dusk last night.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Looking for some nice walks to enjoy? You will find Killiecrankie amongst the many NTS properties available :) Timeline PhotosDiscover wildlife and nature on a low-level walk at a nature reserve, country park or Trust countryside location near you. Visit http://www.nts.org.uk/Walking to download a free walking trail, and get exploring this...

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We are still receiving lots of good osprey questions via email to :  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. What’s yours? Q: I keep seeing movement of small birds on the osprey nest – what are they and why are they there? A: There have been lots of small visitors to the osprey’s nest- blue tits,...
Our live feed from "Stump Cam" at Killiecrankie Visitor Centre, is showing us the hidden lives of the local wood mice - feeding on some peanuts pinched from the bird feeding area :)Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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The lift in water seems to have encouraged a few fish to run into Ruan Ruarie. Barry Ward was in the right place on Friday and reported a nice grilse of about 5lb. Good to see a few fish about - we'll see what next week brings....
One of our favourite views at the HermitageOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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David Wilson took advantage of the rise in water levels at Ruan Ruarie - catching a good fish of about 10lbs today. Fish are moving through the dam in good numbers with 3002 on the counter on Wednesday morning - still good opportunities for those willing to get out....
We had some enthusiastic den builders out at the Hermitage yesterday for our first event of the summer. Here are some of their grand designs!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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 Here is a great story from locals George and Sheila McLuskey from Perthshire, who have kindly given permission for us to share their great story with you all. “George and Sheila McLuskey got a surprise when they came home one evening recently. George got out of the car and, looking...
It's our first Battle of Killiecrankie event on Thursday at 2pm, if you're not busy why not come along to the visitor centre and join in. It's an interactive talk in the woods above Soldier's Leap, followed by a display of replica weapons and children's craft activities at teh centre. Adults...
Apparently in the 1970’s when some work was being done on the spire of the Atholl Memorial Fountain in Dunkeld, a bottle of whiskey was placed inside, we found nothing. Today as the current project nears completion, a time capsule was placed inside the hollow spire, it contains an item from...

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What a warm summer it is turning out to be here in Perthshire, with properly sunny days suiting us and the wildlife alike! That is of course, except for Saturday, the one day we needed sunshine as we hosted a free workshop and guided walk by the British Dragonfly Society’s Scottish officer...
Beaver - photo courtesy of Beaver-Salmonid Working GroupThe Tayside Beaver Study Group, is seeking your help. The Group is monitoring all aspects of beaver activity in the now quite large beaver population which is present in Tayside. It is keen to get information on sites where beaver dams may impact on the...
The pine martens are back feeding below the Visitor Centre at Killiecrankie It’s the same one eyed female as last year, with we think three young. Perhaps we should give her a name? Just chance if you get to see them, but yesterday they all appeared late morning.Original linkOriginal author: North...
Both our resident ospreys are still in the area although their visits to the nest are getting less frequent.   The male delivered a fish this morning to his mate just before 9am and both birds showed normal behaviour towards each other. Both have been spending time on perches around the Loch...

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Last night the ranger team went out with artist and member of the Scottish Raptor Study Group Keith Brockie to help tag osprey chicks near Lochan Oisinneach Mor. This beautiful area provides perfect habitat for ospreys, which breed successfully in wooded landscapes with access to freshwater lochs and rivers. Typically ospreys will...
27th July is the 325th anniversary of the Battle of Killiecrankie. To commemorate this there is a great new event coming up the ‘Soldiers of Killiecrankie’ 26th and 27th July, if you’re in the area come along, we will be there. visit www.soldiersofkilliecrankie.co.uk for detailsOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Atholl Memorial Fountain update; the major job of removing, repairing and then replacing two of the granite columns is part way through. The first column took two people, three days of hand sawing and a few blisters to remove! The1st two photos are looking up at the stone work above where...

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Our ever helpful friend at the National Museum of Scotland, Bob McGowan , has taken a professional look at our osprey eggs which were removed from the nest after the birds gave up incubating unsuccessfully for 74 days. Our initial observations were that one egg ( the rounder one) was much...
Cerys Matthew the welsh singer, songwriter was at The Hermitage last week filming for the BBC’s ‘The One Show’, we don't have a broadcast date yet. She said the amazing trees where what she loved the most. What’s the thing you like about The Hermitage the most?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire...

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It was a good end to the week at the dam - with Jamie Howe doing well to land a nice fish on the fly from Pitlochry bank. By all accounts there were plenty of fish showing first thing and I've had similar reports from the Sawmill. We've had good returns...

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Having lost a good fish on Tuesday night Duncan Webster returned on Wednesday and was rewarded with a superb fresh fish of 19lbs. It was caught in the streamy water at the top of Pitlochry bank and was eventually landed just above the marker stone - and by all accounts put...
The Queens Baton relay has just passed through Dunkeld, the church bells rang, a piper played and hundreds of the people lined the streets, there was even free ice cream! Here is the baton carrier’s minibus leaving the Cross in Dunkeld just prior to the event, with the Atholl Memorial Fountain...

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Your ranger has welcomed three new residential volunteers to her team recently – welcome aboard Rebecca, Charlotte and Christos ! These stalwarts will be working full time with Emma this summer on a packed programme of wildlife and botanical surveying on the Perthshire reserves, and a lot of habitat management such...
Friday 4th July, the Queen Baton relay visits Dunkeld. 2.48 in arrives in Birnam then shortly afterwards comes through Dunkeld, why not give it a cheer if in the areaOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
One of our favourite views on the North Perthshire PropertiesOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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It's been quiet for the last week or so but there are fish to be caught for those willing to venture out: visiting angler Rene Muenger reported a superb fish of around 15lbs from Ruan Ruarie last Saturday; Brian Joseph spotted fish moving in Sawmill this morning and was rewarded with...

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Weather conditions were not conducive for catching trout on quite a few days in June.However when conditions were more suitable sport was good.Rainbows at Bhac were responding to damsel nymphs and dries.Some good hatches of olives were seen on Kinardochy with brownies taking them along with bibio,wickam and kate mclaren....

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Our ospreys are continuing to use the nest for some portion of each day and there have been regular fish deliveries by the male to his partner there too. Otherwise they have been perched on flat top tree or on an old dead birch tree to the left of the nest...
We have been working at the charcoal kiln site this week. On 24th July we are running a charcoal making demonstration workshop from 1pm, cost £5 per adult which includes a bag of bbq charcoal, to book a place please call the rangers office on 0844 4932192.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire...

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We’ve been treated to a run of really good weather lately here at Loch of the Lowes and all our wildlife and birds in particular have really appreciated it. There are bumper numbers of young fledglings around and especially young woodpeckers, thrushes, tits and robins. there are also Spotted flycatchers in...
Our summer events programme starts in July with a Den Building children's activity session at the Hermitage on Wednesday 16th July. We will be creating all sorts of shelters during an action-packed, morning please meet at the Hermitage lower car park at 10am, cost is £2 per child, and the event...
The stinging nettles, in the Dunkeld office garden, were being feasted upon by a mass of hungry caterpillars this week. They look to be the larvae of the small tortoiseshell butterfly.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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  The 2014 Osprey eggs at Loch of the Lowes- copyright SWT The osprey eggs which were removed from the nest yesterday for examination are fascinating . Not only are they different shapes- one is distinctively elongated , whereas the other is broader and rounder- but their colouration is also different...
In the recent warm weather, it has been lovely and cool under the tall trees of the Hermitage. Where's your favourite NTS property to chill out?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Our ospreys have now incubated their unsuccessful eggs for a staggering 74days to no avail. This shows just shows how remarkably persistent and dedicated they are as parents and just how strong the instinct to incubate is in birds such as these. Many people have been asking why they haven’t give up...
Here's this month's mystery picture. Crossing this bridge will take you on to which of the North Perthshire properties?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Ever wondered how folk like rangers get such good views of wildlife? Ever wondered how professional photographers get close enough to get those stunning shots of wildlife? Ever wondered who or what is around your garden or park at night? Camera Trap Photo of a Pine Marten SWT Perthshire Here’s how...
Whilst out on patrol at the weekend, we spotted this gooseander swimming down the River Garry, at Linn of Tummel, with her 8 chicks.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Here at loch of the Lowes spring appears to have sprung, and summer is most definitely under way. The beavers are now a regular sighting (it’s my opinion that the ‘beavering hour’ is between 8 and 9 pm), the lilies are in flower and earlier today there were 3 families of...

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Difficult conditions this week at the dam - fish were showing but for the few rods out they proved very hard to catch. Further upstream on Ruan Ruarie, however,  David Wilson did well on Wednesday with a 10lb fish - showing that they can be caught in low water. Still on...
Just a little house sparrow perhaps, but giving us great pleasure by chirping away on the roof and more importantly, nesting above the office backdoor. Nationally the population has declined by 71 % since 1977, though recently showing a small recovery in Scotland. It's the first time they have bred at...

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As the mercury soared in Perthshire, we decided to get up into the cooler hills to search for alpine flowers on the top of Beinn a’ Ghlo – designated a Special Area of Conservation and a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its rare flora and fauna. This hill habitat includes...

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Book signing Loch of the Lowes Presents a book signing and Q & A with Lady of the Loch author ———-  Helen Armitage  ———- Time: 1pm Date: Thursday June 26th Sarah & Emma – Visitor Centre AssistantOriginal linkOriginal author: rangeremma...

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Last week we enjoyed the first of this year’s reserve workdays at Keltneyburn Meadow. Our volunteer workdays are a fantastic opportunity to enjoy some of the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Perthshire reserves alongside our extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic ranger, whilst getting active and helping with the practical management of the reserves. Keltneyburn...
Just to follow on from yesterday’s post, every lawn should have daisies. Took this shot in the Trust’s Stanley Park, Dunkeld. What beautiful, often over looked little flowers.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Broken down lawn mower at Killiecrankie, but has its good side!Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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We might not have any Osprey chicks but there is still a lot happening in and around the centre. After a weekend of wet and weary weather we have had a glorious day of sunshine and the loch has been a hive of activity. The weather has improved at Lowes today....
We were working alongside Network Rail this week, so that our tree surgeons could work on our trees that were next to the railway in the Pass of Killiecrankie. Can you spot the climber up the tree?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Conditions looked good this morning with plenty of fish showing again at the dam. Gordon Nichol was first to take advantage with a 7lber first thing this morning and Duncan Webster followed with an 8lb fish just before midday. Both fish were sea liced, caught on the fly and from Port-na-Craig...
Today is a bit of a sad day for us here at Loch of the Lowes as we say goodbye to some of the core team that have helped protect and monitor our ospreys for the last three months during their breeding season.  We have been lucky enough to have three...

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Another day of fruitless incubation at the osprey nest at Loch of the Lowes- these birds are nothing if not persistent! Today is 60 days since the first egg was laid so now hope no remains of hatching of course , but the birds parental hormones are still driving their behaviour....
On an early morning walk at the Linn of Tummel we spotted some early fungi, here is a picture of the falls and one of a larch bolete growing in the woods nearby.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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No its not a killer bug attacking the birds, though it looks like its taking a taste of her tail- its a shield bug on the camera lens- a guess at the species anyone?Original linkOriginal author: rangeremma...
We're making our own BBQ charcoal at Killiecrankie, this is the charcoal kiln smoking away during its latest burn. Charcoal can be purchased for £5 a bag from Killiecrankie Visitor Centre and the Ell Shop, Dunkeld.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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The fish are running fast at the moment - but can still be caught. David Wilson was in the right place on Monday - getting a very fresh fish of about 10lbs on Ruan Ruarie. Good numbers have been seen in the beat and prospects are currently good....
By Emma Castle- Smith, VC assistant: As a new member of staff this season, I have been tasked with keeping an eye on this year’s fish deliveries.  Through this important task I have learned how to rapidly identify a fish during one of the changeovers and improved my knowledge of Osprey...
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It's not everyday we have a horse-drawn carriage at the Hermitage, here are some more pictures from Monday's weddingHermitage WeddingsIt's not everyday we have a horse-drawn carriage at the Hermitage, here are some more pictures from Monday's weddingOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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After what seems like many days with not much to report on the osprey nest at Loch of the Lowes except endless incubation, we have had a lot of excitement today. This afternoon a third osprey turned up , eliciting the usual intruder response from our male. However, this bird was...
The ceremony took place under the big trees and after photographs in Ossian's Hall overlooking Black Linn falls, the piper led the carriage away.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
There was a wedding today at the Hermitage and the bride arrived by horse and carriageOriginal linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
Our latest trail camera footage caught this little roe deer buck grazing in the sunshine.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
As we move into summer, we keep ourselves very busy at Loch of the Lowes, despite the absence of osprey chicks, with a packed programme of special events. In our constant quest to make nature and wildlife accessible to all, and especially to encourage younger generations to get involved , we try...

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After a glorious day here at Loch of the Lowes, with warm sunshine enough to bring our  endless butterflies and damselflies, the late afternoon turning into a downpour! As I write our female osprey is sitting on the nest , getting drenched, not having moved much at all for the last...
Killiecrankie nestbox cam update; Today saw the last of the blue tit chicks fledge the nest. The parents are still busy feeding them out and about around Killiecrankie Visitor Centre.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...
It was raining slightly at the top of Craigower, but hopefully you can spot Pitlochry down in the valley.Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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tinyurl.comwww.volunteerscotland.net"Volunteer Scotland is here to make a difference through volunteering. Without a beneficiary what’s the point? No beneficiary no difference; no recipient no purpose!"Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Even though osprey watch is still continuing , the Ranger team of Emma and her volunteers have already started the early summer fieldwork on the other Perthshire reserves, and this week have been enjoying the glory of wildflowers as they come into their prime. On our smallest local reserve Brerachan Meadow...
Alba was quite curious as to what was crossing the path at Killiecrankie this morning.......Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Both our ospreys continue to incubate their two eggs, despite there now being no chance they will hatch. The poor parents do not have access to an accurate calendar like us though, and do not yet realise this , so they keep on patiently incubating , showing the legendary osprey  parental attentiveness. ...

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Things were quiet at the dam during the day but Brian Joseph worked a bit of magic in the late evening to winkle out a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank. Brian had seen a fish moving into the Marker Pool and was perfectly placed to run his fly right into its path...

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Did you know it is National Volunteer Week 1st-7th June? It seems like an ideal time to celebrate the contribution of volunteers to the work of SWT in Perthshire and at Loch of the Lowes in particular! None of the things we love and enjoy about the loch and its ospreys...
In damp ground close to the riverside at Killiecrankie, in flower at the moment, looking like a giant buttercup with flowers 2-4cm across and the plant 45-60cm tall, is the beautiful globe flower. What’s your favourite early summer wildflower?Original linkOriginal author: North Perthshire Ranger Service...

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Despite the disappointing realisation that we won’t have osprey chicks this year, there is still a fantastic amount to be seen at Loch of the Lowes. For the past three months I have been on the dawn osprey watch shift. Although my 5.30am alarm is frequently unwelcome, once in the hide...
Osprey news first- thank you to everyone who has got in touch to commiserate with us about the lack of osprey chicks hatching at Loch of the Lowes this year. We are glad to know so many of you share our sense of the disappointment being balanced by the awareness for...

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After the good start to the season in April the mild weather in May certainly ensured good fishing at both lochs.Bhac rainbows were showing interest in nymphs,buzzers and daddies whilst Kinardochy brownies were up for wickam,grouse and claret,black pennel and kate mclaren.Surface activity was also evident on both waters when conditions...