Nature walk with the Ecologist
A moderate walk following an established walking route through the Glen Artney glen. This walk provides an opportunity to see and appreciate the flora and fauna of one of Strathearn’s most beautiful glens which sits astride the Highland Boundary Fault. With the experience of Andrea Hudspeth, a local professional ecologist as your guide you will be able to discover the natural wildlife and habitat of the glen at first hand. We might expect to see red deer, and red kites in the vicinity of Aberuchill. The walk is suitable for people of most abilities as the ascents and descents are generally gentle with good footing. However it is important to come prepared with appropriate footwear, warm clothing and suitable waterproofs just in case the weather changes. Also don’t forget to bring food and water, binoculars and a camera as well.
Walk duration 4.5hrs, including 30mins for a snack stop. The last section follows the bottom of a boggy field and will be very wet underfoot if there has been rainfall beforehand so waterproof trousers and/or gaiters are recommended. Please bring a snack/packed lunch and plenty of water.
For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.
3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.