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Exclusive Loch Earn Wildlife Watching Events At Briar Cottages in Year of Coasts and Waters 2020

Fraser feeding a garden Robin
Fraser and I (Kim) are celebrating "Year of Coasts and Waters 2020" along with the rest of Scotland's tourism businesses and Visit Scotland.

​The topic points the way to Scottish water themed events, music, accommodation, art, attractions, theatre, drinks and so much  more. ​ Wonderful coastal areas of Scotland will be highlighted in the media along with rivers, waterfalls, whisky, gin and beer. In fact, anything to do with Scottish water including over 37 000 lochs and lochans.

Briar Cottages garden on Loch Earn
Naturally we are flying a flag for Loch Earn.  Briar Cottages already offers lochside accommodation with a slipway and jetty for fishing, open water guest and pet swimming and for launching small boats, paddle boards and inflatables. We even have lochside sculptures in the garden that are part of the award winning BLiSS trail of art installations. 

In addition, we have joined forces with a local ecologist and ornithologist from Aquila Ecology based in St Fillans village on Loch Earn. Aquila Ecology expertise includes bird-craft and wildlife tours,  bat conservation, breeding raptor monitoring, international bird migration camps and moorland management.   

Together we will host "Loch Earn Wildlife Watch" events.  Three two hour, adult only, nature watch events will take place in Briar Cottages loch garden on 17th March, 12th July and 13th September 2020 starting at 10.30am. 
Ecologist Andrea Hudspeth and Ornithologist Terry Williams will lead the wildlife watch sessions. Binoculars and telescopes will be supplied.  Andrea hopes that guests will spot ospreys and eagles in addition to garden birds. 

Andrea told us, “I love what I do whether it's consultancy, surveys, training or leading local bird-craft walks and nature tours at home or further afield. We expect to see a variety of garden birds, bees and butterflies from the comfort of Briar Cottage’s lochside garden and summerhouse, though the icing on the cake will be spotting the Ospreys that glide over the loch hunting for fish from spring to September and Golden Eagles that soar over the mountains on both sides of  Loch Earn.”  

Ornithologist Terry Williams said  “May is an excellent time for this event as Spring marks the return of many migrant birds that breed over the summer months - some returning to the same nest every year. Aquila Ecology’s base is in St Fillans on Loch Earn where we organise nature watching excursions all year round. We are also delighted to work with individuals and groups on bespoke nature tours and sessions.”     

Briar Thatched Cottage
Fraser and I will set up hot drinks and biscuits inside our thatched cottage on the grounds. During the beverage break we will invite guest nature watchers to see the original cruck framed Scots Pine timber ceiling in our lounge. Anyone will be welcome to take a photograph as this ancient remnant of Scottish architecture is rarely seen other than by Briar Steading and Little Briar Cottage self catering guests.  

Any Briar Cottages holiday guests who book 3 to 7 nights around and including the Loch Earn Nature Watch dates,  will be invited to join in free of charge.  Anyone else can purchase a ticket from Andrea Hudspeth. Email Andrea at [email protected] to request ticketing information. Tickets are £6 and spaces are limited, so if you are interested, book now and secure any of the dates in your diary.

To book luxury Briar Steading or Little Briar pet friendly cottage including the wildlife watch event dates, contact me Tel: 07917 416 497 or email [email protected] 

During Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 we can also share information on local lochside eating and drinking venues including in Lochearnhead, The Clachan Cottage Hotel and The Lochearnhead Hotel and in St Fillans,  The Four Seasons Hotel and The Achray House Hotell.  Do not hesitate to ask us about any other local activities, venues and events e.g. Loch Earn fishing boat hire and watersports activities.

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