Borders stages nature festival

A walk to find otters at the Hirsel in Coldstream is among the activities.
A walk to find otters at the Hirsel in Coldstream is among the activities.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is inviting local residents and visitors to take part in a programme of over 30 walks, talks and activities being held as part of the month-long Borders Nature Festival which runs from May 16 to June 15.

From a kids bushcraft session at Glenrude Estate, Innerleithen through to a walk through the historic Abbotsford House Estate, horse logging demonstrations, pond-dipping expeditions and an interactive forest school workshop at Traquair, the Festival has something for everyone.

Opportunities to view the tremendous variety of local wildlife available across the Borders can be experienced by taking part in activities like the bird bonanza at Bowhill or the twilight otter and bats walk at The Hirsel near Coldstream.

Coastal activities include a geology walk along St Abbs Head and a ranger-led exploration of the rockpools at Coldingham Sands. Further inland, guided walks are being offered through the Dawyck Botanic Garden at Stobo and Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick.

Councillor Ron Smith, SBC’s executive member for planning and environment, said: “The nature festival is an opportunity to experience more of the beautiful landscape, wildlife and heritage that we are so lucky to have here in the Borders.”

The full programme of the events on offer, plus additional information on wildlife sites to visit, is available on the council’s website.

More information is also available by phoning 01835 826750.