Aigas Field Centre
Aigas Field Centre

Highland Wildlife Art Course with Jackie Garner

29 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

With such a plethora of wildlife on the doorstep Aigas is ideally situated for a Highland Wildlife Art Course. We invite you to join Jackie Garner - one of the UK’s leading wildlife artists and author of The Wildlife Artist's Handbook - on a week of studying, sketching and painting a variety of Highland animals and plants. Through a range of field trips you will experience first hand some of our best wildlife and have the opportunity to study and sketch it at length before returning to our light filled studio space to continue working on your painting. Jackie will guide you through approach and technique and tutor you throughout the week. She will also give a series of demonstrations and presentations aimed at improving your skills.
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Fascinating Fungi with Liz Holden

29 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

Fungi are fascinating - by turns they are colourful, deadly, delicious, predatory, vital to ecosystems, luminous, rare, ubiquitous and laden with folklore associations. Their life-cycles are varied and extraordinary and we are only just beginning to understand the importance of mycorrhizal associations (symbiosis between plants and fungi) in the creation and maintenance of our treasured eco-systems. Join Liz Holden, one of Scotland’s leading fungus experts, on a week of discovery of the superb array of fungi of the Scottish Highlands with well over 150 species discovered in the Aigas area. Some of these were extremely rare - one only recorded in Scotland six times previously! [envira-gallery id="3203"] Highlights Include: Field discovery of fungi in a range of Highland habitats including Caledonian pine forest and broad-leaf woodland. Guidance
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Nature Photography Masterclass with Laurie Campbell

29 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

[envira-gallery id="843"] Laurie’s masterclasses are limited to a maximum of six participants. The programmes are designed for those who are already proficient with their cameras and are looking for more specialised help, both with specific technical information, and in developing their fieldcraft skills. Practical tuition sessions will include guidance on all aspects of macro photography, different uses of electronic flash and triggering systems and improvised hide construction and usage. Most outings will offer opportunities for specific technical tuition from Laurie, as well as use of the Aigas hides which are targeted at specific species. Participants of this course are invited to bring any existing portable hides or specialist equipment they already own.

Nature Photography Masterclass with Laurie Campbell

29 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

[envira-gallery id="843"] Laurie’s masterclasses are limited to a maximum of six participants. The programmes are designed for those who are already proficient with their cameras and are looking for more specialised help, both with specific technical information, and in developing their fieldcraft skills. Practical tuition sessions will include guidance on all aspects of macro photography, different uses of electronic flash and triggering systems and improvised hide construction and usage. Most outings will offer opportunities for specific technical tuition from Laurie, as well as use of the Aigas hides which are targeted at specific species. Participants of this course are invited to bring any existing portable hides or specialist equipment they already own.

Nature Photography Workshop with Laurie Campbell

29 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

[envira-gallery id="843"] Now limited to only ten participants, this course is suitable for everyone from very proficient photographers to relative beginners in the dSLR world. This year the workshops are in spring and autumn - timed to coincide with the most productive times of year to be out photographing landscapes and natural history subjects in the Scottish Highlands. The range of possible wildlife subjects is extensive and will also include a well balanced mixture of opportunities to photograph fungi and landscape subjects too. Images from Aigas Part One from Laurie Campbell on Vimeo.

Whisky and Wildlife with Martyn Jamieson

19 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

Led by our experienced wildlife guide and whisky aficionado - Martyn Jamieson - this is a wildlife week with a strong whisky theme running through it. We will explore the hills and glens for their wonderful wildlife and will stop to enjoy distillery tours and even a little ‘sampling’ along the way! Presentations and an entertaining whisky tasting will round off your knowledge of the most iconic of Scottish exports - the water of life. [envira-gallery id="3859"] Highlights include: Wildlife days out amongst the wild Highland landscapes in which Scottish whisky had its genesis. We’ll look for black throated divers, red and roe deer, golden and sea eagles, red kites, merlins and more. A day on the Black Isle includes a two hour boat ride in search
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Nature’s Child – October Half Term

18 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

[envira-gallery id="3929"] This popular week is inspired by John Lister-Kaye’s book, Nature’s Child, which is a meditation on the delights of sharing nature with his youngest daughter Hermione. He fondly recalls those ‘fat Arcadian, literally wonder-full years of childhood,’ which usher back memories of his own childhood and the elation of simple discovery. This week is ideal for busy parents or grandparents who want to spend some quality time with their children or grandchildren, learning and exploring the countryside together in a fun, relaxed and enjoyable environment and once you are here you won’t have to organise a thing. We have put together a programme of discovery and enjoyment in a variety of local habitats and places of interest. Highlights include: Exploration of the Aigas estate with
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Nature’s Child

15 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

[envira-gallery id="3929"] This popular week is inspired by John Lister-Kaye’s book, Nature’s Child, which is a meditation on the delights of sharing nature with his youngest daughter Hermione. He fondly recalls those ‘fat Arcadian, literally wonder-full years of childhood,’ which usher back memories of his own childhood and the elation of simple discovery. This week is ideal for busy parents or grandparents who want to spend some quality time with their children or grandchildren, learning and exploring the countryside together in a fun, relaxed and enjoyable environment and once you are here you won’t have to organise a thing. We have put together a programme of discovery and enjoyment in a variety of local habitats and places of interest. Highlights include: Exploration of the Aigas estate with
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Incredible Invertebrates

15 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

This week we focus on the smaller species living alongside us in the Highlands, visiting a variety of the best wildlife habitats the Highlands have to offer. Each day will vary from the next - from searching the sheltered pools of a pinewood forest to exploring coastal heath.  Methods such as moth trapping, sweep netting and pond dipping will give you a close look at some complex and extraordinary species, and a series of illustrated talks will be on offer to guide you through the life cycles of these fascinating creatures. [envira-gallery id="2323"]

Terrific Trees with Dan Puplett

15 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

Trees are simply astonishing, and there’s much more to them than meets the eye. Join naturalist Dan Puplett for a deep dive into their world. Discover the fascinating role they play in the lives of wildlife and the wider ecosystem, from birds to beetles and ferns to fungi. You will learn to identify a range of native trees and we will visit woodland conservation and rewilding projects. We will also look at the age-old relationship between trees and humans. You’ll even learn some wild food foraging, tree folklore and more! [envira-gallery id="3669"] Highlights • Exploring the Caledonian pinewoods of Glen Affric and Beinn Eighe • Meet Britain’s tallest tree (and Europe’s tallest conifer) • Watching woodland wildlife, including badgers, red squirrels and pine martens • Visits to
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