Upland Lochside Bird Walk

Length: All day

Best time of year: Spring and Summer

Best time of day: Morning

Possible species: Ring ouzel, Twite, Merlin, Hen harrier, Kestrel, Raven, Peregrine, Golden eagle, Red kite, Buzzard, Osprey, Raven, Common sandpiper, Ring-billed gull (long-staying vagrant), Common gull, Willow warbler, Whinchat, Stonechat, Wheatear, butterflies and moths, amphibians, dragonflies.

Description: A leisurely walk alongside an upland loch heading to the end of the glen, featuring typical birds of mountain and moorland.

The walk follows a well-established track with some gradients, fine for the reasonably fit and mobile. Along the way we should encounter many of the increasingly scarce Ring ouzels along with raptors and Ravens and lots of smaller passerines. There’s a good chance of seeing Hen harriers during the start of the breeding season performing their spectacular courtship “skydance”.

Other wildlife to look out for during the day includes fritillary butterflies, Golden ringed dragonflies, toads and newts, as well upland and some alpine plants.

We will stop at the head of the glen for raptor watching and a packed lunch.

itinerary Itinerary
  • Collection from accommodation (within a 30-mile radius of St Fillans) early morning
  • Aim to start walk at 8.30am
  • Mid-morning snack stop
  • Lunch at the head of the glen at approx. 12.30pm
  • Watch for raptors for around 1-2hrs
  • Start walking back mid-afternoon to be back at car for 4.30pm
  • Drop off back at accommodation/agreed location late afternoon
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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