We had a visit from some lovely ladies from England a few weeks ago who were enjoying a break in Kirkintilloch . It was our pleasure to arrange a guided short walk in the morning looking at heritage , nature and foraging before we had lunch and headed over to visit our friends at Hessilhead Wildlife rescue. We were well received by Andy who gave us a brief chat about the service they provide , which includes advising people on what to do when discovering what might be an injured bird or animal, they also provide a pick up and recovery service for those in need . When we were there we uplifted two hedgehogs to re home near our eco meadow , met a fox called Fergus and also were introduced to a seal pup. Although we love to take our guests out watching wildlife in among the countryside and we sometimes are even brought an injured creature , but the best people to deal with injured wild animals are folk like the Hessilhead wildlife rescue and other related organisations who deal with this. They do a great job and we are prod to support their work.
Wow what a classic adventure not just canoeing but learning all sorts about the landscape heritage and bush craft too , we spotted some lovely ravens and also a group of swans and as we paddled out two ospreys dived and played over.
The kids did really well and the adults were not far behind them
Fauna: Swan, Raven, Osprey
Flora: Blaeberry, Wood sorrel, Bog Myrtle, Nettles, Common sorrel, Scotts Pine tree, Alder, Oak, Honeysuckle
During this summer we have some fantastic wild camps available. On these camps you will learn how to Navigate using natural indicators, Find and filtrate water, Fire from friction and spark. You can also choose to build and sleep in your survival shelter after cooking a warm meal over an open fire. These fantastic experiences are also available with Canoeing so we may even be able to have a night paddle looking for wildlife.
Places: Loch Lomond, Inchcailloch, Inchmoan, Loch Lomond national park, Loch Chon
Fauna: Deer, Swan, Herring Gull, Heron, Buzzard, Merganser, Robin
Flora: Blaeberry, Wood sorrel, Bog Myrtle, Mountain soft rush
Team: Cliff, Tam
Yesterday we had a great time out on Loch Long. We were finding out if it was possible to add snorkelling to our already fantastic Sea Loch Safaris. We quickly found a nice sheltered bay were we could try this out. After going over the use and fitting of equipment we decided that this would be a brilliant addition as well as being fun and very interesting. There is so much life going on under the canoes that is very seldom seen.
Places: Loch Long, Finnart, Helensburgh
Fauna: dolphin, Seal, Black Guillemot, Gannet, Porpoise, Edible crab, Star fish, jelly fish
Team: Cliff, Tam