A nice double rainbow to brighten up the mood on a wet Rothiemurchus!
The Rothiemurchus Fishery has always been a popular place for our visitors. Whether it be children trying fishing for the first time or experienced anglers coming for a days sport, the fishery provides an experience for all abilities.
The fishery is regularly stocked and anglers got to see it for themselves the other day when the big fishing loch was stocked with some tremendous looking fish. A large portion of the fish were 10lbs and over!
Needless to say is got everyone excited at the prospect of catching one of them. Anglers set to it mobilising themselves in what they thought was the perfect location.
A few hours later the first large fish was caught weighing in at 10.75lbs.
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!