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The Birds of Aigas

13 December, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

The Highlands are a great place to look for birds, and Aigas is no different! As a keen birder, I’m never far from my pair of binoculars when on site, working or just having a wander around. We are blessed to have a fantastic range of woodland bird species to marvel at on a daily basis. The tops of the pines are filled with Chaffinches and Redwings, the high-pitched calls of Treecreepers and Goldcrest surround us, and Crossbills sing their beautiful, trilling tune throughout the year. Crested Tits live on site throughout the year, and are especially active in winter, offering us the chance to gain an insight into the world of these rare Caledonian Pine specialists. At night, the twits, twoos, hoots and screeches of Tawny
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Getting familiar with the Pine Martens

2 December, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

Now that the holiday season is over at Aigas, us Academic Placements have each been tasked with designing and completing a project over the winter. I remember, very soon after arriving, having a conversation with Hermione and Susie about these projects and a Pine Marten Catalogue was mentioned. A couple of years ago, a previous ranger at Aigas (also called Lucy), compiled a catalogue of all the pine martens on site. Each had been individually identified by their unique creamy bib pattern, named and photographed, with their profiles pinned to the wall of the Campbell Hide for guests to read. Some more recent Pine Martens were also identified by Louis, who did his placement at Aigas last year, but there is the possibility that there are more
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