Aigas Field Centre
Aigas Field Centre

The Outer Hebrides in Spring – North and South Uist

24 October, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

The Uists are alive with wildlife in spring, it is a time of change and new life. There are over 50 pairs of eagle, both golden and white-tailed, holding territory on the Uists, well into their breeding season by May. By contrast, 340 male corncrakes have recently returned from African wintering grounds, and are calling night and day to attract a mate. Their crex crex call and the drumming of snipe is the sound of a Hebridean spring. The machair, that special Hebridean west coast habitat, is home to the densest population of breeding waders in Europe, and yet more shorebirds, now in colourful breeding plumage, are streaming north to Arctic breeding grounds. [envira-gallery id="4132"] Hen harriers and short-eared owl quarter croft and moor, red and black
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The Famous Aigas Wildlife Week

2 June, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

Each week will be based at Aigas and will spend six full days (7 nights) exploring the stunning hills, glens, forests, coasts and marshes of the Highlands producing breathtaking encounters with eagles, pine martens, otters, black throated divers, deer, crossbills, badgers and much more. Programmes shift with the turning season, specialising on whatever aspect of wildlife is current. Our highly trained and qualified rangers will escort you in small groups to share the wonders of the wild Highlands. All Aigas Wildlife guests will enjoy an optimal number of eight guests to one ranger both in the field and on the road. Highlights include: Evening pine marten and badger watches in our own hides. Caledonian pine forest – red squirrel, crossbills and crested tits. A dawn run to
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Aigas Retreat

27 April, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

[envira-gallery id="3858"] After listening to many of our guest’s suggestions, we have created Aigas Retreat – a week-long programme for those who would just like some quiet time to relax at Aigas, enjoy the nature trails, wildlife hides and gardens on the estate. There will be several ranger-led outings to local sites such as the our local village, Beauly, the historic Erchless Motte and Glen Strathfarrar. Our rangers will be available to lead walks on the estate, set up moth traps and host hide visits. If you have a specific interest or request, please let us know about it! This programme is recommended for guests who have been to Aigas before.

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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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 Photography Workshop with Laurie Campbell

16 March, 2021. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

[envira-gallery id="3140"] 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.