Local line-up for national festival

Lijndean Resevoir
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Award-winning photographer Laurie Campbell holds a day-long outdoors photography workship near Jedburgh next Sunday.

The event, at Harestanes, is part of Scotland’s Nature Festival – formerly Biodiversity Week – organised by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), running from Saturday to next Sunday (May 26).

Other activities range from learning who’s who in the dawn chorus at Kailzie Gardens with RSPB officer Mike Fraser, to learning about moths and filming wildlife.

Festival organiser, Zeshan Akhter, said: “It’s a terrific way to take part of the Year of Natural Scotland and, with a number of events in the south of Scotland and more than 150 nationally, it’s easy to find something near you.”

Scotland’s Nature Festival started as a local celebration in Fife in 2001 and has been held annuually, growing into a national event.

A spokesperson for SNH said: “The festival is about celebrating Scotland’s precious wildlife and landscapes and offers the chance for everyone to get out and about and experience it for themselves.”

On Saturday, Woodland Adventures at Traquair House, Innerleithen, will see experts teach children survival skills. Mammal spotting takes place at the Devil’s Beef Tub, near Moffat on Saturday, and there’s a moth-trapping evening, which is free, at Plora Woods, near Walkerburn, for two to three hours on Saturday evening.

The dawn chorus walk with local RSPB officer Mike Fraser takes place at Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, on Sunday, with another next Sunday (May 26) .

Further east a council ranger will lead the eight-mile walk along the Berwickshire coast from Burnmouth to St Abbs on Sunday (May 19).

Rangers at Bowhill Country Park, near Selkirk will take people pond dipping on Sunday, where there will also be a ‘welly walk weekend’ next weekend.

There will be a survey for Butterfly Conservation taking place at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, near Jedburgh on Wednesday (May 22). And there will also be a two-mile circular walk of Birgham Haugh the same day.

Wildlife film-making for beginners takes place at Kailzie Gardens next Sunday (May 26).

There will be a free Murder Moss Mystery Tour, a walk around Lindean Reservoir, near Selkirk, to learn about the birds, insects and other wildlife there next Saturday (May 25). The reservoir is also the venue for free pond dipping the following day.

There’s also a birding morning for children aged five to nine years old at Kailzie Gardens next Saturday.

The wonderful world of ‘minibeasts’ is the subject of an exhibition at Hawick Museum on Saturday until late August

Meanwhile Dawick Botanic Gardens, near Stobo, is the venue for a festival exhibition of giclée prints made from dried flowers. And the free exhibition celebrating the life and work of wood sculptor and father of community woodlands, Tim Stead, at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, is also part of the festival.

For more information see www.list.co.uk.