Festival celebrates nature in the Scottish Borders

Bird watching at St Abb's Head
Bird watching at St Abb's Head

Scotland’s Nature Festival kicks off soon with over 30 free nature events across the Borders.

Organised by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and partners, the May 22-31 festival boasts a huge array of community events, taking place from the Highlands to the Borders.

There are events to appeal to all interests in the Borders, including a rocky shore safari at Coldingham Bay, foraging walks at Abbotsford House and Kailzie Gardens, an expert otter talk in Harestane Countryside Visitor Centre, bat watching at Paxton Country Park, birdwatching with expert help at Hirsel Estate, butterfly surveys and pond-dipping at Lindean Loch, the dawn chorus at Wilton Lodge Park, evening birdsong with the RSPB at Woodside Garden Centre, and guided walks and family activities for all at Bowhill House and Country Park.

Scotland’s Nature Festival organiser, Zeshan Akhter, said: “We have teamed up with local people and organisations to bring you plenty of fun events this year. I hope people in the Borders will come out and enjoy all that’s on offer. With quite a few events in the Borders, it’s easy to find an event nearby.”

For more information on these and many other events across Scotland, see www.list.co.uk and search for ‘Scotland’s Nature Festival’. Most events in the Borders are free although a few events will have a minimal charge.

This year’s theme is ‘Love Life, Love Nature’.