Outing 3


Saturday 27th April Fife Coastal Trail and Culross
Leaders - Barry and Cathy Caudwell. Bus 9.00am*.

Two walks are on offer, a long walk - 4.1 miles along the Fife coastal trail from Kincardine to Culross. The trail passes behind Longannet Power Station. and Torry Bay Nature Reserve, good for waders, ducks and great-crested grebes. Shorter walk: From opposite Culross palace. Cross the rail line behind children's playground to the shore and walk towards the Valleyfield lagoon/meadow area. Return by re-crossing the railway near east car park and walk back on the other side of the track.

Tuesday 7th May Broughty Ferry, Shiell Street and Rock Garden. Leaders - Anne Reid and Brian Ballinger.
Meet at car park or roadside, east end of Broughty Ferry Esplanade, near the rock garden, approx NO481313 at 7pm.

Explore the Shiell Street local nature reserve, an area of dune grassland with scrub, cut off from the shore by the disused railway. This is usually very good for birds and also has remnant dune vegetation and meadow saxifrage. The adjacent rock garden is usually of some interest and, as the tide recedes we may try to go onto the shore to look for the eelgrass which grows there.

Tuesday 21st May. Guardswell farm. Cars.Leaders - Barry and Cathy Caudwell. Meet at Guardswell farm NO247292 approx. from 4.00pm.
Guardswell is between Abernyte and Kinnaird and is based on late 1800's farm buildings, which have very recently been refurbished in an interesting way. A range of walks to suit all, are available and all have good views out over the Carse of Gowrie. Expect to see a range of farmland birds and depending on the weather we hope to see a good range of flying insects. It is planned to run some moth traps the previous night so we should have some moths to look at as well. Coming from Perth, take the Inchmichael Flyover off the A90, aim for Kinnaird but do not go into the village of Kinnaird itself, carry on up the hill towards Abernyte. If coming from Dundee, aim for Abernyte then take the road signed "Kinnaird", take that road for a couple of miles, and you'll find Guardswell on your right hand side. Whichever way you come you will see a nice steel Guardsweli sign at the end of the lane leading up to the farm. .

Saturday 25th May Callander walks. Bus 9.00am*. Leader - Anne Reid.
From Callander, starting from the town centre, one relatively flat route follows the combined cycle-walkway along the old railway line following the river upstream to the impressive falls of Leny, and then return through an oak woodland before rejoining the track, back to Callander. This is good for woodland birds and plants. There are also more strenuous walks on paths up to the viewpoint above Callander. It may be possible to drop people off near the start of the path for Ben Ledi should anyone want to ascen and then walk back to Callander.

7th June - 10th June; Dumfries Weekend.

Tuesday 11th June Tayport recording meeting. Joint with BSS. Cars. Leader- Brian Ballinger. Joint with the Botanical Society of Scotland.
Meet at the harbour car park in Tayport NO 458 290 at 7pm. Park here if there is space or nearby. Part of the Botanical Society of Scotland's urban flora project, looking at the flora of Tayport. Following the coastal path mainly to the west and also look at the harbour area. We will also be observing the other wildlife including birds and insects and enjoying the views. . Mainly good paths.

Saturday 22nd June Rottal Lodge and walks. Bus 9.00am*. Leader - David Lampard.
Rottal Estate is a sporting estate on the east side of Glen Clova and ranges from the river South Esk to the hills above near Loch Wharral. There is diverse range of habitats from farmland, planted woodland and upland moorland. The estate has been diversifying recently and and is exploring the idea of wildlife tourism. We have been invited to look at some of the environmental improvement on the estate. There are a range of circular walks around the estate to suit most abilities. For the more adventurous there should be the opportunity to look for upland species on White Hill and Ben Tirren with a view over Glen Lethnot. Not many groups have been onto the estate before so this is an opportunity to look at a new Nats destination.

Tuesday 25th June Moncrieffe Island Joint with BSS and P.S.N.S. Botanical section. Cars. Leader - Brian Ballinger.
Meet at South Inch car park, Perth NO120230 at 7pm. (free after 6pm).We will be looking at the wild plants by the river on the island and also the area around. Birds, insects and other wildlife should also be of interest. We can cross the river by the footbridge along the railway line (steps up and down).

Saturday 6th July Cramond and River Almond. Bus 9.00am*. Leader - Mary Galloway.
This walk explores the shore of the Firth of Forth at Cramond village and the wooded bank of the River Almond from the river mouth to the old Cramond Brig about a mile upstream. At the water's edge and the mouth of the river there are usually large numbers of waders such as oystercatcher and redshank, whilst amongst the shingle on the beach plants such as sea rocket and sea sandwort may be found. The wooded walk along the river has a wide variety of plants such as herb bennet, herb robert, ramsons and Russian comfrey. The path passes the remains of three former ironwork mills and a paper mill. At Fair a' Far mill
there is a weir and salmon ladder. Dippers and grey wagtail may be seen on the river. At one point there are two flights of steps, one up and one down to bypass a section of the path which has crumbled. If the weather is wet parts of the path may be muddy.

Tuesday 9th July Carsegowniemuir Quarry barbecue. Cars. Leaders - Jim Cook and Anne Reid. Meet from 6.30pm at Carsegowniemuir Cottage, Grid Ref NO 513547. Please ask for directions if necessary.
Join us anytime from 6.30pm onwards for a look at the wildlife of the quarry and to see how well the trees are growing. The bird hide gives some shelter and is now well-established. We will show you around or leave you to explore on your own unti! the barbecue is ready for cooking. Please bring your own food.

Tuesday 23rd July Brownie Wood, Gauldry Joint with BSS. Cars. Leader - Brian Ballinger Meet at car park at the south end of the Tay Bridge at 6.30pm NO426287 (share cars) or Crawford Avenue, Gauldry at 7pm NO380 239.
This is a circular walk round Brownie Wood just to the east of Gauldry. This wood is owned by Brian Ballinger, but there does not seem to be a recent plant list and this will be updated. As well as plants we will note birds, insects and mammals and enjoy the views. A walk of about 1 mile, steep in places.

Saturday 3rd August Murton Trust Reserve, Dragonfly identification workshop and botanical survey. Cars. Leaders - Barry and Cathy Caudwell.
Dragonfly enthusiasts of all levels of ability are welcome to this British Dragonfly Society workshop run by Daniele Muir. It will start at 11am with an ID/ recording presentation and in the afternoon we will go to put our new ID skills into practice outside. Lunch etc can be obtained from the Murton Cafe which at is very good and is also close to the classroom, Please register an interest with Barry, Cathy or Anne) if you would like to attend, we have a fixed number of places available. Murton is situated on the A932 about 1.5 miles east of Forfar on the road to Arbroath. Postcode DD8 2RZ. The Murton car park is at NCR NO493512. Meet at around 10.00am in the car park, so that everyone is ready to start at 11am in the new classroom (green cabin) close to the car park. Own transport.

Tuesday 13th August Loch of the Lowes, beaverwatch. Cars. Leaders - Barry and Cathy Caudwell. Meet at Loch of the Lowes SWT visitor centre car park (near Dunkeld) for 7.00pm. Grid ref. NO040435.
We will have an evening walk within the reserve looking for birds and other wildlife around the loch-side and in the woodland. There are 400 yds of path within the reserve but for a longer walk you can cross the road and go along the right of way that goes towards Dunkeld. Beavers are not guaranteed but there is a chance of seeing them from the hide at dusk.

Saturday 24th August St Cyrus and coastal walk. Bus 9.00am*. Leaders - Mike Sedakat and Anne Reid.
The National Nature Reserve at St Cyrus is an excellent site for plants and insects at this time of year and there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the variety of habitats thoroughly. A number of paths weave around the dune system and there is a hide at the south end of the reserve overlooking the river North Esk. There is a small visitor centre, with displays on the reserve, and toilets, near the car park. For those with a sense of adventure it may be possible to walk the 3 1 /2 miles from Johnshaven to St Cyrus down the coastal path. This is mostly rather narrow and is degraded in places, so bad weather or cliff landslips may prevent us from doing this.It does give good views from the higher points and seabirds and plants should be the main interest.

Sunday 8th September Barry Buddon joint outing. Cars. Leaders - Graham Smith, Jim Cook and others.
Barry Buddon is the largest and best area of sand dunes and dune slacks in this part of Eastern Scotland. By arrangement, we are allowed to spend a day freely exploring the wildlife delights of this valuable array of habitats. The party will divide into several groups, concentrating on birds, plants and butterflies and dragonflies, though all groups will have all interesting natural history pointed out. This year we will once again try to record everything seen at each locality visited to make the records of more use in the future. Meet at Monifieth football field car park, Grid Ref NO502323, and then go directly on to the main camp car park for a 10.00am start there.

Saturday 21st September Pitlochry to Faskally - fungal foray Joint with TAFFG. Bus 9.00am*. Leader - Jim Cook.
We take the bus to Pitlochry and stop in the West End bus park next to the railway station. After a break, a few people may want to pay a quick visit to the Faskally dam but the party will move off through the woods at the side of the loch. We reach some housing and have to walk a fairly short distance along beside the road to the north out of Pitlochry. There is a pavement all the way along the road to pass under the Clunie Bridge (which carries the A9 over Loch Faskally) and then turn off left back into the woods beside the loch. The foray party will explore the whole area before returning back along the road to the town in good time to catch the bus back to Dundee. Depending on demand, we may organise a small group to go in the bus up to the Garry bridge where they will be dropped off to walk back along the path in the woods bordering the river to join the bus in Pitlochry.

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  • NOTE: All outings should be booked in advance with Kati Smith 01382 223958 even car trips.

  • If you would like a lift for car trips please contact Katie. Car sharing saves money and is good for the environment too. Many sites have restricted parking .

  • *The bus will start in Arbroath, as required, and come through Carnoustie, Monifieth and Broughty Ferry - you must let Katie know your pick-up point, please. The main Dundee pick-up point is Courthouse Square at 9.00am, on north side of Ward Road, this will be followed by a pick up at Perth Road, Windsor Street, Drop off points on return will be in reverse order.

  • Unless otherwise indicated Saturday outings are all day and will end around 4pm to return home, although we cannot guarantee a specific return time. Please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable clothing and footwear.
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