Mark Cocker

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Three superb wildlife weeks in 2018

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Aigas House and Field Study Centre

In 2016 I began an exciting new venture at Aigas, home of the Lister-Kaye family and centre of excellence for natural history education. In 2018 I lead three separate weeks: Sat 5-12 May; Sat 12-19 May and Sat 22-29 Sept. There is always so much to see and explore: wood warblers trilling in the fresh-leaved birch woods, golden eagle chicks at their eyries, pine martens and badgers coming to the dedicated night-viewing hide, bottle-nosed dolphins off the Moray Firth and an ancient goat willow that would have been a sapling when the Highland fighters walked past on their way to the Battle of Culloden.

In 2018 there are some great developments. The second May week will combine wildlife with walking, while the September course is devoted entirely to the birds of the Highlands. The constant part of the Aigas experience that is difficult to convey is the ambience. The food and hospitality are superb. The gardens and the hides around the house allow time for getting away or do-it-yourself discovery. There is always something or someone to entertain you: the library, the roaring fire, the impromptu talks and ceilidhs. I am looking forward to it already. Click on the dates above to get a flavour of each week and I hope to greet you at the door next year.

© Mark Cocker 2013

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