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Glen Loy Wildlife: New wildlife holiday company launched in Lochaber

Visitors to Fort William and Lochaber on the West Coast of Scotland can make the most of the wildlife watching opportunities with new wildlife tour operator, Glenloy Wildlife.

The company, set up by Jon and Angela Mercer, is an exciting new venture that aims to promote the natural heritage of the Fort William area. Catering for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages and levels of engagement, Jon and Angela are offering residential holidays in beautiful Glen Loy, only 7 miles from Fort William. They are both keen naturalists and have been involved in wildlife watching and environmental education for many years. Prior to moving to Lochaber Jon ran the Scottish Borders Biological Records Centre.

They took over the Glenloy Lodge Guest House in July 2007 with the intention of using their combined enthusiasm and expertise to offer guests an enhanced holiday experience. ‘We would like to send people away with a greater understanding of the Highlands and its wildlife from a species to a landscape level . We aim to show people the beauty in a clump of moss as well as the majesty of an eagle’ says business partner Angela Mercer.

Catering for small groups of up to a maximum of 10 people, personal attention is guaranteed. Holidays are based in Glenloy Lodge, a VisitScotland 3-star guest house, from where the spectacular region of Lochaber will be explored by foot and by minibus. Glen Loy enjoys magnificent views of the Nevis Range and contains a wealth of wildlife in its own right including pine marten, red deer and golden eagles – and its very own Caledonian Pine reserve. Other charismatic species such as sea eagle, otter and red squirrel will be sought, as well as time spent exploring the many and varied Highland habitats, and the plants, insects, birds and mammals that live there.

Glenloy Wildlife is offering breaks of 7 or 4 nights between March and October as well as day excursions. The aim is to minimise time spent on the minibus so that exploration will be mainly on foot and will include such activities as stream dipping, rock-pooling, beachcombing, bird watching, butterfly hunting, night walks, dawn chorus, moth trapping, botanising, and general wildlife watching. A little bit of history, geography and geology will be added to complement the experience. The programme of activities provided can be tailored to suit families or more experienced naturalists. Care will be taken to minimise disturbance. Glenloy Wildlife is a supporting business of Wild Scotland whose codes of practice will be followed.

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