Diversity of ways to see Borders biology

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anyone wanting to build a bird box, watch bats at a light trap or go on a seashore safari will be looking forward to next week’s Border Biodiversity Week.

This is the second year the region has taken part in the national celebration of nature.

There are more than 20 events taking place locally over the nine-day programme.

Scottish Borders Council’s ecology officer, Andy Tharme, said: “This is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful and great variety of biodiversity of the Borders. Biodiversity supports the ecosystem services we need, from food and timber production, to the quality of our water and the quality of our lives. Come and find out more and enjoy the exciting wildlife in our region.”

People can build bird or bat boxes at the family Biodiversity Day at Harestanes next Sunday (May 22) and find out about other ways to encourage wildlife into their garden, including how to help bees.

Other events lined up include seeing a black grouse lek at dawn (picture, top of page, learning about moths and bats, pond dipping in Gala Policies, a seashore safari at Eyemouth and wildlife walks at Bowhill and at Paxton. New this year is a wildlife (easy) bike ride at Glentress, there’s an event at Harestanes devoted specifically to bees, and talks on badgers and barn owls and a tree walk at Kailzie gardens.

SBC’s senior ranger Keith Robeson said: “We would like to build on the success of last year’s Biodiversity Week programme and encourage even more people out to discover the fantastic nature we have on our doorsteps.”

For more information see www.scotborders.gov.uk/biodiversityweek or pick up a leaflet at your local library or Visitor Information Centre.