Published: 28/07/2017 07:00 - Updated: 22/07/2017 07:11

Inverewe 'big five' invite as World Ranger Day looms large

Inverewe ranger Katie Dixon on a guided seashore walk.
Inverewe ranger Katie Dixon on a guided seashore walk.
VISITORS to Inverewe Garden in Wester Ross will get chance to search for the “big five” – otters, red deer, eagles, red squirrels and seals – during World Ranger Day at the end of July.

With the help of Katie Dixon, National Trust for Scotland ranger at Inverewe and Corrieshalloch Gorge, a full programme of events is being planned for July 31 to learn more about the animals that make their home in and around the award-winning garden.

She will be leading a guided walk on the estate looking for signs of the “big five”, which can often be seen all on the same day.

Katie said: “The red squirrel is considered to be one of the most endangered mammals in the UK and we have them here in the garden and on the estate, giving wonderful opportunities for visitors to catch a glimpse and, if lucky, take pictures of them. A successful relocation programme took place at Inverewe in the spring with further red squirrels expected to be relocated in the autumn.”

Other activities will include making bat boxes for local bat colonies and a walk on the pinewood trail with bat detectors at dusk.

Over the course of the day Inverewe Garden will also be taking part in the national Big Butterfly Count and there will be an opportunity for children to make butterfly masks.

The day’s activities start at Inverewe visitor centre at 10am.

 

Green pug moth
Green pug moth
• Inverewe is celebrating the welcome return of a visitor not seen there for at least 20 years – the green pug moth.

 

Although not a rare species, it is the first one caught by local biologist Barry Blake on his regular monthly trappings at Inverewe.

Barry, who is the Wester Ross moth recorder for Butterfly Conservation UK, lives in Gairloch and has been undertaking moth trappings for six years.

He said his predecessor did not appear to have caught this species at Inverewe in over 20 years, so he was delighted with the find. Other exotically named moths recorded there this month include the flame carpet, true lover’s knot and Lempke’s gold spot. 

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