Bio-week offers a diversity of events

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MORE than 20 events are taking place in the Borders to celebrate Scottish Biodiversity Week which starts on Saturday.

Nature enthusiasts are keen to share their knowledge with anyone interested over the week

The week starts with Bugs in the Borders at Innerleithen - a drop-in opportunity to find out about the butterflies, bugs and flowers of the waterways of St Ronans Wells.

Also on Saturday there are woodland adventures and forest school sessions for six to 14-year-olds on offer at Traquair.

On Sunday an early start from Innerleithen will hopefully be rewarded with black grouse sightings in the Moorfoot Hills. And Bowhill near Selkirk will be the venue for learning more about red squirrels.

Next Tuesday there will be a guided tour and walk at Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Stobo. Adults and children will enjoy Wednesday morning’s Seashore Safari at Coldingham Bay while there will be a river walk and commentary along the Ettrick Water in Philiphaugh Estate near Selkirk in the afternoon.

On Thursday the Scottish Ornithologists Club’s Malcolm Henderson will talk about barn owls and other raptors in Galashiels

Scottish Biodiversity Week organiser Zeshan Akhter, said: “There are so many great events on offer this year - there’s something for everyone, whether you want to be out in a remote spot, learning about and watching wildlife, or taking part in a busy woodland activity day.

“With over 20 events in the Scottish Borders and over 110 events across Scotland, I’d really encourage everyone to take a look at our website and find an event nearby.”

The Borders Biodiversity Week leaflet detailing times and events is available at visitor information centres or online at www.scotborders.gov.uk/biodiversityweek – or telephone 01835 826750.