Borders dates for 
nature festival

Scotland’s Nature Festival starts on Saturday (May 17) and includes several free events across the Borders.

Formerly Scottish Biodiversity Week, the celebrations are organised by Scottish Natural Heritage and other partners.

Events in the Borders include pond-dipping, making nest boxes and creating nature art at the Family Wildlife Fund day at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Ancrum, on June 1. And the one-off free Fleeced at the Tweeddale Museum, Peebles – also part of the festival – will include demonstrations of bottle feeding lambs, stick dressing, spinning and knitting and whisky ladle carving, and will launch the museum’s Shepherding the Tweed exhibition.

Another event in the festival is Big Hare Day, also at Harestanes, which will feature hare-themed crafts for children aged four and over.

For more information on these and many other events across Scotland, visit and search for Scotland’s Nature Festival.

Most events are free and they are being held by organisations such as ranger services, countryside parks, NGOs, faith organisations, nature reserves, community groups, and gardens.

Scotland’s Nature Festival organiser, Zeshan Akhter, said: “Scotland’s Nature Festival celebrates our country’s wonderful nature and wildlife.

“It’s easy to forget how lucky we are in Scotland, so the festival is a reminder to get out and enjoy our lovely countryside.”