With events throughout the isles – including trips to some uninhabited ones, the Orkney Nature Festival represents a terrific opportunity to witness the great diversity of wildlife in the area.
It is organised by the local RSPB Scotland office with funding assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.
Few places in Scotland cram so much scenery into such a small space as Arran â€“ and for every hilltop there’s a sea view. This four-day festival incorporates the Goatfell Hill Race as well as a great variety of walks, some with the chance of a dip to cool off. A talk, a quiz, a wildlife trip and general socialising are all in the mix, too. Walks start and finish at Arran Adventure Cabin, in Brodick, beside Auchrannie Resort, times and prices vary.
The beautiful Isle of Coll plays host to this festival of birds in partnership with RSPB Scotland, BTO Scotland, the Scottish Ornithologists Club and Coastal Connection. Over the three days there are seabird safaris, guided walks suitable for all ages and talks to choose from. Prices vary for individual events, but packages are available, which include accommodation at the Coll Bunkhouse from Â£85 for a two night stay.
Find out how you can help record the nation’s garden bird population â€“ from the comfort of your own back garden. Request a free pack online.
Now’s the time when you need some help spotting those geese arriving in their thousands at places like Aberlady Bay in East Lothian. Here’s your chance to learn about the available gear and how to get the most out of it.
Learn all about migrating geese from John Harrison, warden of the Aberlady Bay nature reserve in East Lothian. Refreshments included.
Join the warden of Aberlady Bay nature reserve in East Lothian, John Harrison, as he strides out bright and early to watch the wintering geese. Followed by tea or coffee and a breakfast roll.
John Harrison, warden of Aberlady Bay nature reserve, tells all about the thousands of migrating geese that visit the bay at this time. Afterwards there will be a chance to see them. Refreshments included in price (Â£6, or Â£4 for SOC members and children). Booking essential.
With events taking place almost everyday in September, the Inner Forth Festival 2015 is a perfect way to celebrate the fantastic wildlife, history and landscape of the Inner Forth. The festival is organised by the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative (IFLI), which is a four-year project, running from 2014 – 2018, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. With a whole range of free events and activities planned, there is something that will suit all tastes and interests. So why not go on an archaeological dig? Or a bat hunt? Or even one of the many fascinating workshops on offer? Whatever your pick, you will have the opportunity to discover, explore and get involved in the Inner Forth Landscape in a new and exciting way.
Have a look at some of our top picks below but for further information and a full list of events, head over to the IFLI Inner Forth Festival website.
Bioblitzing for beginners
1-2pm. Smith Museum, Stirling IFLI/Buglife
Moths at Kinneil
4th 9.30pm Kinneil Foreshore 5th 9.30am-12.30pm Boâ€™ness Falkirk Council
Abbots, kings & lost harbours
10am-4pm. Cambuskenneth, Stirling IFLI/Guard/Stirling Council
Birding by bike
10.30-1pm. Start at Alloa Station
IFLI/Stirling Cycle Hub/RSPB
Clackmannanâ€™s Heritage Weekend
Saturday and Sunday 9.30am – 5pm
Clackmannan IFLI/Historic Scotland/CFSS/Clackmannan Council/AOC/Clackmannan Town Hall Trust
Bats at the Palace
8-10.30pm. Culross Palace IFLI/Fife & Kinross Bat Group/NTS
Spend a day with Andrew Ramsay, an experienced BTO trainer, learning how to catch, identify, age and ring birds in Glen Nevis. Andrew has over 40 yearsâ€™ experience working with different bird species in the UK and has specialised on monitoring Manx Shearwaters on the Isle of Rum. AÂ great opportunity to develop your knowledge, Â improve your bird identification and contribute to the Nevis Partnership Citizen Science programme.
A chance to drop in to the RSPB Osprey Centre at Loch Garten and chat to rangers over a wee dram of Black Grouse, Snow Grouse or The Famous Grouse whisky.