camping at Keltneyburn reserve

Glen Lyon location recce

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Ryan filming Ben Lawers from Glen Lyon

Here are some shots from our recce at Keltneyburn wildlife reserve, which is managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. We set two camera traps near Scots Pine trees in the hope we would capture some Pine Marten nocturnal behaviour but sadly the camera traps didn’t pick up anything that night. As we climbed Schiehallion we did see some Ptarmigan and Black Grouse.

Travelling along Glen Lyon – said to be the loveliest glen in Scotland –  we picked up a few shots of Ben Lawers – the highest mountain in the southern part of the Scottish Highlands. Our contacts at Highlands Safari kindly allowed us to tag onto their scheduled trip up to the Braes of Foss, where we saw some Red Deer (from a distance!). In spite of breaking our vehicle of some dodgy farm tracks we did collect some good contacts for when we return to Kenmore Hill to stalk the elusive – and red listed – Capercaille – of which there’s less than 2000 of in the wild living in Scotland. These birds are globally threatened and their very survival now is down to a concerted effort to save them.

After a long journey down the Glen (a famous dead end) on a farmers track, the rogue road took out the oil sub pump of my Vauxhall Meriva. If she doesn’t pull through, I may be forced to buy a Land Rover.

The next visit to a wildlife Trust property may well be Loch of the Lowes, near Dunkeld as from mid-March the Osprey return – or at least the Red Squirrels might be there.