It’s an exciting time for the National Trust for Scotland’s North East Ranger Service as the team plan their guided walks and events for the year ahead.
Ranger Toni Watt said: “It is always inspiring to think about what we might do at our properties here in Aberdeenshire and new opportunities are coming up all the time.
“This winter we have been having some amazing results with camera trapping, capturing pine marten siblings playing at Castle Fraser, badgers feasting at Drum and very wary foxes looking as if they could run away at any moment.
“This has inspired us to run events where the public get to learn the tricks of setting up camera traps. We are starting with a children’s walk, “Snuffling About”, Badgers at Drum Castle and will continue at Crathes with an animal tracks and signs walk over the summer and at Leith Hall with an adult walk on wildcats later in the year.
“We are also opening our bird hide at Castle Fraser and we are looking forward to celebrating with bird photography competitions for adults and children, with the winning photographs being put up in the bird hide and on social media.
“The bird hide opens on 3 April but the photography competition and a bird drawing competition run all through April and May. Looking closer at birds either through a camera lens or trying to draw one is a good way to really get to know them better”
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