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  • Best places to see UK wildlife

    As Bushcrafters we love the outdoors and being in nature with the animals and the scenic views. The Telegraph Travel section has a great article to get you motivated to get out and visit some fantastic places around the UK this year.

    It's a bit of an advert for travel companies but most of us could sort out visiting these places at minimal cost and see some great wildlife.

    Cornwall for peregrine falcons
    Brian Jackman, Telegraph Travel's safari and wildlife expert, recommends Cornwall for peregrine falcon sightings: "The current UK population stands at about 1,500 breeding pairs and they are even found in London. But if all you know of peregrines is the pair on your local cathedral tower, then it's time to see them where they truly belong on the fortress cliffs of Cornwall's Atlantic coast.


    Cardigan Bay in Wales for dolphins
    Bottlenose dolphins, porpoises, seals and birds may all be seen on boat trips around the spectacular Cardigan Bay. Sun fish and basking sharks have also been known to come this way. Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre offers two to eight hour boat trips, on which visitors will be accompanied by a volunteer researcher from the centre. Price for a 1.5 hour trip is £17.50 per adult, £10 per child (01545 560 224; cbmwc.org/boat-trips)




    Full Article HERE for more places and animals to visit and see

    Where about would you say is a good place to visit for seeing wildlife and great wilderness?

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    Comments 10 Comments
    1. nic a char's Avatar
      nic a char -
      Inverness & environs for both
    1. bushwacker bob's Avatar
      bushwacker bob -
      Outside works for me.
    1. Tengu's Avatar
      Tengu -
      No Gannetries?
    1. British Red's Avatar
      British Red -
      Paying to see deer? Drive around near Bushwhacker Bobs house and you will be picking one out of your radiator within an hour!

      Try Donna Nook for seals. An amazing sight.
    1. Scots_Charles_River's Avatar
      Scots_Charles_River -
      Dolphins are visible form Aberdeen harbour wall !
    1. moocher's Avatar
      moocher -
      Forest of Dean symonds yat for peregrines,parkend area for fallow deer and wild boar, fancy view down from speech house for goshawks.
    1. pango's Avatar
      pango -
      Fife's Got Everything

      My mate used to phone from 10 miles up the coast at Kinghorn to let me know when a dolphin school was on its way, and I'd return the favour when they were on the way back.

      I took my wife on a badger watch one evening a few years ago, she's still talking about the old brock who came out doing his Bear Necessities song and dance routine, and who made it very plain our hide at his next scratching post had ruined what would otherwise have been a great night out!

      Peregrines flush pigeons from under the Forth and Tay bridges.

      The sea eagle release programme had farmers spitting feathers until its closure a few years ago, but there is still the odd one ventures back to the release ground. Just look for a pair of flying doors!

      Otters in the rivers Leven and Eden make an interesting paddle-stop. Salmon, sea trout and broonies mean I've spent a large proportion of my life either up trees or up to my waist in watter. Little gems... a robin perched on my boot... a stoat dragging a rabbit ten times its size through the snow... a jay at my elbow, almost breaking its neck in curiousity as I tie a fishing fly... a weasel peeking from a dozen places at once, frantic to know why I'm there... a fox following ten yards behind me along a disused railway track, desperate to overtake.
      ............... wonderful things

      Oh Fife’s got everything, just the place for towrists,
      See the bonny pit bings staundin in a raw.

      The New Tay Road Bridge, finest in the country,
      Half a croon tae cross it and it disnae raise a cheer;
      It’s a bob tae cross the Mersey, ye can stuff it up yer jersey,
      Would they pay it down in London, oh no bloody fear.

      Fife’s entertainments, finest in the country,
      We’re the boys tae come tae if ye want tae get some tips;
      There’s fitba at Central Park, neckin burdies in the dark,
      Haggis suppers, hot pies, bingo and chips.

      Fife’s Scotch Whisky, finest in the country,
      Distilled frae mountain water at the Coaltown of Markinch;
      Man it’s got such power, matured for half an hour,
      So don’t be vague and ask for Haig it’s whisky at a pinch.

      Fife Coast beaches, finest in the country,
      If ye dinna mind the sewage, floatin mond yer toes;
      The Costa del East Neuk, it’s enough tae mak ye bloody puke,
      If ye want tae go in for a dook, ye hae tae haud yer nose.

      Noo Fife’s got culture, finest in the country,
      Oh when it comes tae arty talk, oh we’re no the mugs;
      We’ve got Chink nags on oor waas, a wheen o gonks in oor haas,
      Vernon Ward, Tretchikof and white wally dugs.

      The Rosyth Dockyaird, finest in the country,
      If ye want a cushy number working for the State;
      There’s auld folks, blind folks, holiday inclined folks,
      And if ye want a submarine, just wheel it oot the gate.


      Oh Fife’s got everything, just the place for tourists,
      See the bonny pit bings staundin in a raw.
    1. Folcwigga's Avatar
      Folcwigga -
      Quote Originally Posted by pango View Post
      Fife's Got Everything

      My mate used to phone from 10 miles up the coast at Kinghorn to let me know when a dolphin school was on its way, and I'd return the favour when they were on the way back.

      I took my wife on a badger watch one evening a few years ago, she's still talking about the old brock who came out doing his Bear Necessities song and dance routine, and who made it very plain our hide at his next scratching post had ruined what would otherwise have been a great night out!

      Peregrines flush pigeons from under the Forth and Tay bridges.

      The sea eagle release programme had farmers spitting feathers until its closure a few years ago, but there is still the odd one ventures back to the release ground. Just look for a pair of flying doors!

      Otters in the rivers Leven and Eden make an interesting paddle-stop. Salmon, sea trout and broonies mean I've spent a large proportion of my life either up trees or up to my waist in watter. Little gems... a robin perched on my boot... a stoat dragging a rabbit ten times its size through the snow... a jay at my elbow, almost breaking its neck in curiousity as I tie a fishing fly... a weasel peeking from a dozen places at once, frantic to know why I'm there... a fox following ten yards behind me along a disused railway track, desperate to overtake.
      ............... wonderful things

      Oh Fifes got everything, just the place for towrists,
      See the bonny pit bings staundin in a raw.

      The New Tay Road Bridge, finest in the country,
      Half a croon tae cross it and it disnae raise a cheer;
      Its a bob tae cross the Mersey, ye can stuff it up yer jersey,
      Would they pay it down in London, oh no bloody fear.

      Fifes entertainments, finest in the country,
      Were the boys tae come tae if ye want tae get some tips;
      Theres fitba at Central Park, neckin burdies in the dark,
      Haggis suppers, hot pies, bingo and chips.

      Fifes Scotch Whisky, finest in the country,
      Distilled frae mountain water at the Coaltown of Markinch;
      Man its got such power, matured for half an hour,
      So dont be vague and ask for Haig its whisky at a pinch.

      Fife Coast beaches, finest in the country,
      If ye dinna mind the sewage, floatin mond yer toes;
      The Costa del East Neuk, its enough tae mak ye bloody puke,
      If ye want tae go in for a dook, ye hae tae haud yer nose.

      Noo Fifes got culture, finest in the country,
      Oh when it comes tae arty talk, oh were no the mugs;
      Weve got Chink nags on oor waas, a wheen o gonks in oor haas,
      Vernon Ward, Tretchikof and white wally dugs.

      The Rosyth Dockyaird, finest in the country,
      If ye want a cushy number working for the State;
      Theres auld folks, blind folks, holiday inclined folks,
      And if ye want a submarine, just wheel it oot the gate.


      Oh Fifes got everything, just the place for tourists,
      See the bonny pit bings staundin in a raw.
      Mate, that's the first time anything has made me want to visit Fife.
    1. Tengu's Avatar
      Tengu -
      Me too.

      Come back from the Isle of Man...Did not see any marine mammals or sharks round Peel (Probably the best place.) But saw a perky seal by St Michaels Island. The seals here are not at all bothered by people or boats (boats means free fish)

      Lots of birds too. Some gannets, (No ganneteries) lots of corvids (including choughs and ravens but few crows)

      Got to Creagnaigh folk village if you want to be certain of Loughtan sheep and Manx cats. (Plenty in other places of course you just have to find them.)

      Homo motorbicyclist extreemely common in all varieties, Do not visit the island if that is wildlife you dislike.
    1. Folcwigga's Avatar
      Folcwigga -
      Homo motorbikers? Sounds interesting...

      Funnily enough the first time i saw a seal in the wild, in the UK, was while on great Yarmouth beach. There was one offshore just had his head popped up looking at the people on the beach for a couple minutes, and then was gone. Not a place i was expecting to see any wildlife.