The summer months are a time to look out for our native red deer with their beautiful rich red coats. It is also a chance to see the calves running around in their white spotted coats. Our deer farm provides a great opportunity to get up close to these beautiful creatures, an experience never to be forgotten.
Behind the scenes Rothiemurchus staff get the deer pens cleaned out on a regular basis, these shelters are very important especially during the winter months to help protect the young calves from the often harsh weather conditions that this area can be subjected to.
Carrying out evening fire patrols on Rothiemurchus do not get much better than yesterday evening. Flat calm conditions, mild and most importantly no fires meant that this view could be enjoyed even more by one of our rangers!
This is Lochan Mor or better known by the many visitors who come here as the Lilly loch. It is on one of our promoted walks – circular 3 mile route with scenic areas like this to appreciate along the way.
This photo although a week or two late on being posted is still a sign that the forest of Rothiemurchus is becoming more alive as we increasingly head towards summer. Wood Anemone is one of the first plants to flower during spring and it instantly gives the area a much needed facelift after winter!
It has been a very welcome sight over the last month welcoming back the ospreys to the local area. The Loch Garten pair have successfully laid eggs and are now incubating and this appears to be the same with all the local nests as it is by and large all male birds that are out fishing just now.
During the winter months Rothiemurchus have been preparing for the ospreys return by building two new photography hides to accompany the two new hides built last year. These hides will allow photographers the option of locations around the pond dependant on the wind direction that particular day. The infinity style setup with low level hides and high water levels really does provide a great opportunity to capture these birds in action. All they need to do now is turn up at the right time which as we all know with wildlife is never guaranteed!
It really is an exciting spectacle to watch whether it is from these photographic hides or from a distance whilst feeding the fish or fishing in our stocked ponds!
Rothiemurchus is known for its beautiful scenery and wonderful wildlife. In recent years and through careful planning the estate has slowly started to develop its eco-tourism by developing opportunities to watch some of the wildlife up close in a responsible and limited capacity. Osprey photography is by far the main attraction for photographers that come to Rothiemurchus but during this activity another common visitor to the area, the heron, has caused quite a stir and to many are very photogenic.
From this autumn we hope to be able to offer heron photography providing a low level photographic experience with a beautiful backdrop. Before all this can happen we have called upon the maintenance team (somehow got the A-team theme tune in my head as I write this!). These guys really are the cogs that make the wheel turn on the estate. Whether it be estate paths, fences or photography hides the maintenance team are always on the go helping to make the place look nice!
I think this female red deer doesn’t like getting her picture taken! The Rothiemurchus Ranger team regular head to the deer farm with visitors to give them an up close hands on experience of red deer with the chance of hand feeding them. This picture was taken recently where the deer found the land rover before we could get further into the deer farm…they are getting clever at causing a road block on the track! Great fun for all ages and even the rangers can’t stop themselves from hand feeding!
In keeping with the wet winter that we have all being experiencing the maintenance team had a water challenge of their own. Our car park surface at Loch an Eilein was holding water causing the surface itself to break up with the flow of traffic. A challenge never too big for our team they managed to source a natural spring nearby and re-direct the water away from the car park itself. It just shows in amongst their tea breaks that work does get done (just kidding guys!)! Loch an Eilein is the honey pot of Rothiemurchus where the vast majority of visitors coming to Rothiemurchus venture for a relaxing walk round the loch (3.1miles). With views of the loch, the Cairngorms and set in amongst tranquil forest Loch an Eilein really does provide a perfect setting for all the family to enjoy the beautiful countryside that we have around us.