Scottish Wildlife Trust reopens Visitor Centres including Falls of Clyde
The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s visitor centres around Scotland are reopening from today (Thursday 13 August).
The Trust’s Montrose Basin Visitor Centre in Angus, Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre in Grangemouth and Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre at New Lanark are now open to the public.
The reopening of Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre near Dunkeld has been slightly delayed by the severe storms which hit Scotland on Tuesday evening. A further announcement will be made on the Trust’s social media channels once the centre is ready to open.
A number of measures, including Perspex screens and one-way systems, have been introduced at all visitor centres to help maintain social distancing. Advance online booking is essential to visit both Loch of the Lowes and Montrose Basin.
Ruchir Shar, Director of External Affairs, Scottish Wildlife Trust said: “Over lockdown we have all become very aware of the importance and benefits of connecting with nature. After lots of hard work to ensure it is safe to reopen we’re thrilled to be welcoming people back to our visitor centres, where they can experience and learn about Scotland’s incredible wildlife.
“Late summer is a fantastic time to come to our visitor centres. Wildflower meadows are buzzing with bees and butterflies, and a huge array of birdlife can be seen both in the woods and on the water.
“As autumn approaches we can look forward to amazing displays of colour in the woodlands and the return of wintering birds, including the spectacular gathering of tens of thousands of pink-footed geese on Montrose Basin.”
For more information and bookings visit scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/visitorcentres
Visitor Centre opening times and wildlife highlights
Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre, New Lanark, South Lanarkshire
Opening times: Thursday to Monday, 10am–4pm
Wildlife highlights: Watch out for signs of roe deer and badgers creeping around in the ancient woodlands skirting the River Clyde. Dippers, kingfishers, grey wagtails and sand martins can be seen swooping over the river. Up in the meadow late summer flowers are blooming including field scabious, knapweed, harebell and yarrow.
Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Grangemouth, Falkirk
Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday, 10am-4:30pm
Wildlife highlights: Jupiter’s meadows are providing a feast for pollinators with meadowsweet and knapweed among the wildflowers that are in bloom. Common darter dragonflies can be seen around the wildlife pond with southern hawkers set to emerge soon. Watch out for scruffy moorhen chicks, as well as the resident grey heron stalking its prey.
Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Dunkeld, Perthshire
Opening times: Thursday to Monday, 10:30am-5pm (reopening delayed)
Wildlife highlights: Visitors to Loch of the Lowes can hope to see red squirrels scurrying in the trees alongside woodland birds including woodpeckers. Great crested grebes, mallards, swans can be seen on the loch. The reserve’s resident pair of ospreys abandoned their regular nest in April but can still occasionally be seen perching around the loch side.
Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, Montrose, Angus
Opening times: Thursday to Monday, 10:30am-5pm
Wildlife highlights: The Basin is packed with birdlife including lapwing, redshank and curlew and common terns. Visit at low tide for a chance to see common seals resting on the mudflats and ospreys catching fish regularly seen fishing at low tide. Regular kingfishers’ sightings are expected to begin in the coming weeks.