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Wildlife Watching Tips

Binoculars and Gloves: Martin WebbScotland is a great place to watch wildlife, but we all need to make sure that we do it correctly and don’t disturb the animals that we want to watch. Below are a few tips on getting the best out of your wildlife watching experience.

  • The best wildlife experience are when the animals are behaving natural, so never get too close. Take a pair of binoculars. You may be able to borrow a pair from your hotel or B&B.
  • Think about what to wear. Choose colours appropriate to the habitat – dark green or brown for woodlands or seashore; white or light grey for snowy hillsides, and not too rustly!
  • Wearing strong smelling scent is a bad idea. Many animals and birds depend on a keen sense of smell and the ‘alien’ scent of Chanel may send them quickly off in the opposite direction!
  • Dogs and wildlife watching rarely mix, so keep your dog under control, or leave him with a dog-sitter.
  • Leave no trace. Don’t clear away live foliage, stones or fallen branches so you can watch wildlife.
  • Maximise your chances of watching wildlife, and ensure it’s undertaken safely and responsibly. Choose a Wild Scotland guide. All members sign up to our code of conduct and will know when, where and how to watch wildlife.

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