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New Walking & Wildlife Festival for the North East

Families, walkers and nature lovers have been invited to take a walk on the wild side at The Energetica Walking & Wildlife Festival.

On 25th & 26th May 2013, 18 different events with over 400 spaces for Festival visitor will take place throughout Energetica, a 30 mile haven for wildlife and stunning coastal scenery stretching from the Bridge of Don in Aberdeen, north to Peterhead and west to the airport.

The first of its kind in the area, the Festival is a fascinating weekend of guided walks, dolphin watching, bird spotting, coastal cruises, pond dipping, bug hunts and a visit to Nature’s Hotel – all led by wildlife and nature experts. The majority of the activities are free to the public.

The festival brings together a selection of what’s on offer to residents and visitors, adults and children, seasoned walkers and weekend enthusiasts, all within or close to Energetica. Events include Dolphinwatch at Torry Battery on the outskirts of Aberdeen Harbour where RSPB experts will be on hand with binoculars and telescopes to help spot the largest bottlenose dolphins in the world, and the Balmedie Beach Walk which welcomes both walkers and their dogs to the special sand dunes to discover the World War II pill boxes and tank traps that have lain undisturbed for over 60 years.

A hotly anticipated element of the festival is the unique sailing experiences, created exclusively for the Festival by Wild Scotland member, Clyde Cruises. The Energetica Coastal Wildlife Cruise is a one one-off opportunity to see the north-east coastline from a small boat. Leaving from Aberdeen Harbour and heading north to the River Don, the trip ends at Peterhead, and vice versa – with return travel by minibus.

Ian Hay of the East Grampian Coastal Partnership will be providing wildlife commentary on board the cruise. He said: “This is an opportunity to take in the landscape as well as see the diverse wildlife such as seals, gannets, puffins and auks. If conditions are right, we may even witness a feeding frenzy with hundreds of birds targeting large shoals of small fish. We can also expect to come across minke whale, harbour porpoise and the bottlenose dolphin. Risso’s dolphin and humpback whale are even possible too, something which many people have no idea can be seen in Scottish waters.”

There are several events created specifically with children and families in mind such as Amazing Minibeasts at Pitmedden. This one mile walk is ideal for 5-12 year olds who will join the NTS ranger at Pitmedden Garden to discover the amazing minibeasts living there.

With limited places for many of the events booking is essential. For the full programme and booking details including a schedule planner that allows visitors to fit the most into their weekend, visit www.energetica.uk.com/festival.

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