BBC Autumnwatch 2012 and Winterwatch 2013

Autumnwatch returns in an exciting new format,

Designed to capture the very best wildlife action of autumn.

Broadcast live for four days in late October,

Autumnwatch will be followed by brand new live series,

Winterwatch, for four days in in January.

Each will be a major live event on BBC Two. Both will be based at a new location in Scotland at the heart of the season’s wildlife action, and will showcase the beauty and drama of these dynamic and diverse seasons.

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FWN Visits The LOCH OF THE LOWES (Wildlife Reserve)

As mentioned in a previous post (Here) , FWN took a trip up to a majestic Wildlife Reserve on the banks of Loch of Lowes near Dunkeld. We were in our element as there was plenty of Wildlife to see .

Loch of the Lowes

A large freshwater loch with a diverse aquatic flora, fringed by areas of fen, reedbeds and semi-natural woodland.

View from the hide, looking towards the Osprey nest across the LOCH OF THE LOWES.

The centre is run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and what a fantastic job they do, from warm,friendly staff who are most knowledgeable on all things wild, to the clean and vibrant wildlife centre which is right next to the various hides on the waters edge. You can observe the Osprey nest on the other side of the bank, while inside the top hide, is a live video-stream of a close-up of the nest.

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The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a registered charity dedicated to conserving the wildlife and natural environment of Scotland. It has more than 120 reserves throughout Scotland with visitor centres at Loch of the Lowes (Perth and Kinross), Montrose Basin (Angus) and the Falls of Clyde (South Lanarkshire).

As well as providing homes for wildlife these sites are valuable places for people to interact with and enjoy wildlife. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is part of a trial reintroduction of the beaver to Scotland, begun in 2009. The Trial will run until 2014. The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s other major project is to protect the red squirrel in Scotland.

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OSPREY’S ON LOCH OF THE LOWES

Osprey Nest on the far side banking on the Loch of the Lowes.

The chick continues to develop well and is getting so big it hardly fits under his mother- though the female will continue to use her body to shield it from the weather until it is fully feathered and more waterproof. You can check out the live video stream on the link below.

Loch Of The Lowes Webcam

Loch of the Lowes

FWN took a journey up to the Loch of the Lowes Visitor and WildlifeReserve the other day and what a treat we had in store.

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Located a mile and a half from Dunkeld town Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre and Wildlife Reserve covers a vast 98 hectares of area. All manner of wildlife can be found and they have lots of interesting walks to explore. The star attraction is without doubt a pair of breeding ospreys situated high in the tree tops, just a short ‘flight’ along the bank.

The Visitor Centre is the perfect place to see red squirrels, woodpeckers and other woodland birds from the viewing windows, its also nice to warm up, after a trip to the various bird hides outside and have a chance for a hot beverage. The friendly staff are always willing to answer any questions on the wildlife and make the centre what it is today.

The Centre is full of information with leaflets,binoculars, telescopes and live video footage all available in the centre and also in the hides. There are plenty of opportunities to take video and photos for your enjoyment. The have a two screens, one a live stream of the ospreys and one of recorded footage of the newly hatched chick being fed.

CLICK HERE FOR OFFICIAL SITE

DACE POPULATION EXPLOSION ON RIVER FORTH

The dace population over the past 5 years has exploded and are thriving on the River Forth at Stirling, one factor for this population explosion has been the lack of pollution in our river system and the dace,s natural predator , the pike was eradicated on the main river at Stirling by fishermen who killed them everytime one was caught.

The result now is that there are hardly any, if no pike population left on the main River Forth at Stirling . Although it is great to see such a thriving dace population we need the pike back to balance out the biodiversity and keep the dace population to a natural level as you can see in my video diaries the dace are thriving by the thousands, a message to the fishermen of the forth.

If you are lucky enough to catch a pike please return it back to the river alive and unharmed to bring the natural biodiversity balance back to the River Forth.

We,like the dace but we need them controlled naturally