Pick out a Puffin on guided walks

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The RSPB Fowlsheugh nature reserve, near Stonehaven, is hosting a series of guided walks through the summer to show visitors the amazing spectacle of a seabird colony in full swing. Tens of thousands of birds flock to the cliffs in the summer creating a stunning sight, sound and smell!

In 2012 the guided walks will end at the new stone-built shelter, with stunning views along the cliffs to Dunnottar Castle and Stonehaven.

The walks also offer a great opportunity to find puffins at Fowlsheugh. These colourful characters are a favourite of many people but can be tricky to see as there are only a few dozen amongst thousands of other birds.

Our guides know the best places to look for them, and we found at least one puffin on every guided walk in 2011.

Vicky Anderson, RSPB warden said: “Fowlsheugh is one of the most impressive wildlife sights in the area and it makes you appreciate just how important Scotland’s seas are for marine wildlife.

“All of our seabirds have fascinating stories that you’ll discover during the walk, so if you’re a beginner to watching birds, these walks will be ideal for you.”

There is a suggested donation of £5 per person for each walk, places are limited and booking is essential. You can book via phone on 01346 532017 or email strathbeg@rspb.org.uk. more details about RSPB Fowlsheugh can be found at www.rspb.org.uk/fowlsheugh.

The walks take place on: Thursday May 10 7pm, Sunday May 13 2pm, Thursday May 17 7pm, Thursday May 24 7pm, Sunday May 27 2pm, Thursday May 31 7pm. Walks continue into June.