1950s I-Spy guides revived with a focus on nature

I-Spy books are taking on a new lease of life to interest youngsters in nature.

VisitScotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) are promoting nature reserves in a new Michelin I-Spy guide.

And Borders children will be able to take along the pocket-sized book to the local reserves included – St Abbs Head, Whitelaw Mosses and Cragbank Woods.

VisitScotland’s Borders director Sandi Hellowell said: “In the year of Active Scotland, we are keen to promote activities that encourage individuals and families to get out and about and make the most of their natural environment. The Borders is a haven for wildlife and we are delighted to be able to promote the region in this way via a national partnership with SNH and Michelin.”

The old I-Spy spotters books were first published in the 1950s and children would take the little publications such as I-Spy Cars and I-Spy on a Train Journey along on family trips.

The revived nature guide is aimed at encourage families to look out for more than 100 species in the listed nature reserves.

And just like the original I-Spy books, points are awarded based on the rarity of the species, with the opportunity to be awarded with a certificate for every 1,000 points.

For a free copy of I-Spy Scottish Nature – pictured top of page, visit www.visitscotland.com/ispy