Aigas Field Centre
Aigas Field Centre

The Famous Aigas Wildlife Week

3 December, 2019. 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 (with seasonal variation): Visits to our local peregrine and osprey breeding sites. Evening pine marten and badger watches in our own hides. Caledonian pine
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Spring Birds

1 July, 2019. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

Our Spring Bird programme offers early morning visits to watch lekking black grouse at our local RSPB reserve. We bid farewell to thousands of pink-footed and greylag geese, ducks and waders and welcome back ospreys, cuckoos, wheatears, whinchats and many other summering birds. The coast will be bustling with wildfowl and waders while the woods and moorland will echo with bird song. Tits, finches, chats and warblers are all showing wonderfully well in breeding plumage, just before the burst of leaves in the trees. With luck we could see large numbers of long-tailed duck close inshore and get good views of elusive species such as hen harrier, purple sandpiper and twite. [envira-gallery id="3129"]

Highland Landscapes

1 July, 2019. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

The Highlands boasts some of the United Kingdom's most magnificent vistas, and so, we have listened to our guests and created an itinerary solely dedicated to beautiful scenery. This programme will delve into a different habitat each day to revel in ancient pine forest, sandy beaches, dramatic mountains and sprawling moorland. [envira-gallery id="3111"] Example day 1: The East Coast A visit to our own 'big sky country', the east coast of Scotland, where rolling hills meet coastal dunes. Loch Fleet NNR is a wonderful place to see osprey, seals, otters, a plethora of sea birds as well as a variety of coastal habitats such as intertidal mudflats, sand dunes, heathland and forest. Example day 2: The Highland Glen A day in a local glen, where red deer
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Nature Photography Masterclass with Laurie Campbell

24 June, 2019. 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.

Wildflowers and Gardens

24 June, 2019. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

June is upon us and rhododendron is all around us in the Highlands. This exciting programme combines our stunning wildflowers, found in equally stunning locations, and the Highland's unique and varied gardens. We will explore the east coast at Loch Fleet for costal dune flowers, such as wild pansies and twin flower, the open moorland for asphodel and heathers and the grasslands of Glen Cannich for a suite of wild orchids. [envira-gallery id="1421"] We will visit private gardens on the nearby Black Isle - Old Allangrange and The Lookout - and travel to the west coast to visit Attadale, Dundonnell and Inverewe gardens.  

High Level Walking and Wildlife

24 June, 2019. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

More and more of our guests express the desire for longer, more challenging hill walks in the stunning surrounding scenery. In addition to our more gentle Walking and Wildlife weeks, we are now offering one high level hiking week a year.  [envira-gallery id="3585"] Explore the hills and glens of the Highlands of Scotland, getting closer to golden eagles and mountain hairs, as well as a variety of alpine plants. Accompanied by several of our trained rangers, a small group number allows us to be completely flexible, splitting the group if necessary, to meet the needs of different abilities. Example day: Meal Fuar-mhonaidh A prominent peak on Loch Ness, Meal Fuar-mhonaidh is a relatively short (6 miles) but steep incline with spectacular views down the Great Glen from
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Raptor Week – Eagles, Hawks and Harriers

20 November, 2018. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

This week will focus on finding the Highlands' Birds of Prey. We will visit a range of habitats, each one suited to a specific array of raptors. This week-long programme will take you from the rugged West Coast to the huge expanses of blanket bog in the north, looking for species such as White-Tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier and, of course, the iconic Golden Eagle. We will also spend closer to home, exploring the Aigas estate and neighbouring glens. Evening walks will be led around the estate in search of tawny and barn owl, as well as to our tree-top hide which overlooks a moorland feeding station where red kites and buzzards are often seen. This programme will focus on spending plenty of time out of the vehicles,
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Walking and Wildlife

10 September, 2018. Posted by Aigas Field Centre

More and more of our guests express the desire for longer walks in the stunning surrounding scenery. We are now offering more walking programmes than ever before. Striding out on long but low level walks, we will explore coastlines and rivers, through glens and around lochs. We will avoid all but gentle and short inclines. Destinations may include the remarkable spit of Chanonry Point where bottlenose dolphins are often seen, the shores of Loch Fleet or the remnant ancient Caledonian pine forest in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve, averaging five miles per day. Each day is led by an Aigas ranger. With such a variety of habitats covered, the species list will be rich and varied, from waders and sea ducks, seals dolphins and otters to golden
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Nature Photography Masterclass with Laurie Campbell

26 June, 2018. 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.

Fascinating Fungi with Liz Holden

26 June, 2018. 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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