Light fading over a snowy Thornilee  Five exclamation marks is never too many to describe my excitement at getting back into the blogging routine.
Winter has been wintery (although not as bad as some years) and what with Christmas, New Year and noroviruses things went very quiet at Kailzie over December and January. But we are back and ready for action.

In my infrequent visits out to Kailzie over the winter I have not exactly been overwhelmed with wildlife although the goosanders on the Tweed are always a lovely sight. Some snowy walks through Kailzie Gardens and the surrounding Forestry Commission Forests allowed me to take some questionable quality photos of the scenery and the signs of bird and mammal footprints in the snow.

Hopefully the spring time will prove more fruitful. The species on my dream list for this year are the following: kingfisher, otter and sand martin. If anyone knows where I can spot any of these species around the Tweed then do let me know where and when and I will be there with my trusty camera to get beautiful pictures of tails leaving the frame and my own shadow cast over the whole photo. This year is also the year I am determined to take some good wildlife photos, in case this was not apparant.

I am just putting the finishing touches to the Spring/Summer Events Programme at Kailzie and will put this on the website in the next couple weeks. In the meantime I can tell you that we will be
offering bushcraft courses at Glenlude, making fun wildlife films with families, buzzing around our brand new giant bee hive (more on that soon), photographing wildlife along the tweed, banging our heads against the wall at the Big Kailzie Wildlife Quiz, and eating a colossal amount of biscuits and cake.

To start off our this 2013, Year of Natural Scotland (or YONS as some people have been calling it, which I only just worked out. For ages I thought they were just referring to boring things they didnt want to elaborate on) events programme we are putting on our best Brian Cox voices and will be hosting an evening of star gazing at Kailzie on Friday 15th March at 7.30pm. Never mind Brian, we have Dr Tom Johnston from the Ancrum Astronomy Club coming to teach is about what we can see in the skies above Peebles with his “Beginners Guide to the Night Sky”. It looks like it is going to be a really interesting and inspiring night and I recommend you all come along.

With so much going on at Kailzie this blog is going to need to be updated pretty regularly so I have stocked up on a good supply of moffat toffee to keep those sugar hits coming!

Hope you see you all at Kailzie soon

Rachel, KLAWED Project Officer, Kailzie
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click on the link below for more details about our Beginners Guide to Night Sky evening

beginners guide to the night sky at kailzie


One response »

  1. Rhona says:

    Count me in for the Bush Craft courses.
    I can also point you in the direction of a very large sand martin colony at the Quair. Kingfishers have been seen nearby in the burn.
    There are signs of otters on the Tweed near to your location, however I have yet to catch sight of them.

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