From mud pies to tree planting and pond dipping to osprey watching there is something for everyone at the Cairngorms Nature Festival on the 16-17 May
With dozens of events planned, the festival will be a Park-Wide weekend of celebration where people can get first-hand experience of some of the outstanding wildlife that lives and grows here in the Cairngorms National Park.
This year the Visitor Information Centres at Aviemore, Ballater, Blair Atholl and Tomintoul are the main hubs with events happening within a few miles of each one.
For those who like to get practical there are hands-on conservation experiences. You can find out why Cameron the Capercaillie Can’t Dance in Blair Atholl or spot dazzling damselflies in Craigellachie. Taste what Scotland’s Natural Larder has to offer on The Green in Ballater or do some Animal Art with the kids in Tomintoul. These are just a few of the highlights, there are also many guided walks and landrover safaris across the Park where you can spot some of the most outstanding nature that the UK has to offer.
TV’s Nick Baker will be the special guest for the weekend at Boat of Garten where you can join him in the day on a family Bio-Blitz or come and hear him talk in the evening about his life as a wildlife presenter.
The weekend also sees the launch of the Cairngorms Scenic Photo Posts, a must for any keen photographer where you can join in and be a part of an exciting citizen science project on landscape change.
New Cairngorms National Park Authority board member Rebecca Badger said: “As I mother of young children myself I know how fantastic it is to give them the opportunity to experience nature first hand. We want children to grow up with a passion for Cairngorms Nature and an interest in its future. The festival really does have something for everyone so do bring your whole family and enjoy our wonderful National Park.”
The main festival partners are Scottish Natural Heritage, RSPB and The Forestry Commission Scotland.
The Cairngorms Nature Festival promises to be a weekend of fun for all the family, most of these events are totally free of charge, but some require booking in advance. You can visit www.cairngorms.co.uk for more information and a list of all the events happening throughout the weekend.