Fantastic nature on our doorsteps

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SEASHORE safaris, pond dipping, and visiting a moth and bat light trap are among the the many things on offer during the second Borders Biodiversity Week running on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 29.

The family Biodiversity Day at Harestanes on Sunday, May 22, will give people a chance to make a bird or bat box to take away and they can find out about other ways to encourage wildlife into their garden, including helping our bees. You can join a leisurely guided walk to find out about the wildlife on some of our Border estates.

If you want to get your hands wet then there are opportunities to go on a seashore safari at Eyemouth or pond dipping in Gala Policies.

For early birds, why not make a point of getting up before dawn to visit a black grouse lek, to see their amazing breeding displays. And if you are more of a night owl then there are a couple of opportunities to discover the varieties of moth and bat species to be found in woodlands by visiting a light trap at dusk.

To find out about some of our less easy to see wildlife then there are a couple of talks not to be missed on Border badgers and barn owls.

Andy Tharme, SBC ecology officer said: “Borders Biodiversity Week is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful and great variety of biodiversity of the Borders. Biodiversity supports the ecosystem services we need, from food and timber production, to the quality of our water and the quality of our lives.”

Keith Robeson, senior ranger added: “We would like to build on the success of last year’s Biodiversity Week programme and encourage even more people out to discover the fantastic nature we have on our doorsteps.”

Visit or pick up a leaflet at your local library or Visitor Information Centre.