River Watch

Length: 2 hours                                                     

Best time of year: April-August

Best time of day: Evening – 1.5 hours before sunset (times will vary throughout the year)

Possible species: Beaver, Otter, Daubenton’s and Pipistrelle bats, Roe deer, Tawny owl, Kingfisher, Dipper and Goosander.


What better way to end the day than to sit silently by a river and watch as the creatures of the night emerge. As the evening chorus dies down, we will wait silently for Beavers to float noiselessly across the water to feed on bankside vegetation, and an Otter or two could pass through and perhaps stay to fish. Soon the bats will come out and the air will be full of these fascinating little mammals as they forage for flies and midges.

We only walk a short distance from the car; the ground underfoot can be uneven, but it is not steep.

itinerary Itinerary
  • Collection from accommodation (within a 30-mile radius of St Fillans) during the evening
  • Set up on riverbank 1 hour before sunset
  • River watch until too dark to see!
  • On the way back from the river we will use bat detectors to see what species are about
  • Drop off back at accommodation/agreed location
What to Bring What to Bring
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Binoculars (available to borrow)
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Water
  • Sensible shoes/boots
  • Medication (as needed)
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