Morning events, Days out, Wildlife

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Pollok Family Day and Highland Cattle Show

A chance for the whole family to enjoy entertainment and activities to get closer to nature.

Pollok Country Park, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

Free / 0141 276 0924

Part of Homecoming Scotland 2014 & Glasgow City of Science.

  • 10:30 – 16:30

Paddle Steamer Waverley

All aboard for a nostalgic trip on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world – a range of day, afternoon and evening cruises leave regularly from Glasgow's Pacific Quay or by coach connection from Glasgow's City Chambers.

Pacific Quay, Glasgow

Sat 23 Aug

£27–£39; free under 5s free (£27–£39; Children £13.50–£19.50) / 0845 130 4647

  • 10:00 – 20:30

Sun 24 Aug

£21–£33; under 5s free (£21–£31; Children £10.50–£15.50) / 0845 130 4647

Spend the afternoon in Largs, Rothesay or Lochranza or stay onboard and cruise Skipness Point. Steam across the Kilbrannan Sound and up the famous Mull of Kintyre coast to Skipness Point with views of the 13th Century Skipness Castle where Waverley turns and heads back over to Isle of Arran.

  • 10:00 – 22:00

Sun 19 Oct

£21–£39 (Children £10.50–£19.50) / 0845 130 4647

Visit Largs or Rothesay for the afternoon or stay onboard and cruise to Tighnabruaich through the world famous Kyles of Bute.

  • 10:00 – 19:30

Meet The Otters

Observe the otters playing, foraging, feeding, swimming and grooming. You'll even be able to watch them sleeping in their specially designed holt.

London Wetland Centre, SW13

Sun 24 Aug

Free, plus admission £10.59, child £5.91, concs £7.91, family £29.55, under 4s free / 020 8409 4400

  • 11:00

Mon 25 Aug

Free, plus admission £10.59, child £5.91, concs £7.91, family £29.55, under 4s free / 020 8409 4400

  • 11:00

Tue 26 Aug

Free, plus admission £10.59, child £5.91, concs £7.91, family £29.55, under 4s free / 020 8409 4400

  • 11:00
…and 127 more dates until 31 Dec

Seven Lochs Geocache Trail

Try the geoache trail and see if you can find the caches hidden around the park. You can use a GPS enabled device or be retro and pick up a treasure map from the visitor centre.

Drumpellier Country Park, Coatbridge

Sat 23 Aug

Free / 01236 422257

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Sun 24 Aug

Free / 01236 422257

  • 09:00 – 17:00

Mon 25 Aug

Free / 01236 422257

  • 09:00 – 17:00
…and 36 more dates until 30 Sep

Build a Bivvy

Annual bivouac adventure where you can build your own shelter and make lunch over the campfire.

World Buffet Restaurant Car Park, Glasgow

Sun 7 Sep

Free

  • 11:00 – 14:00
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Cairnie Mega Maze

See if you can find your way out of the giant maize maze and into the fun yard where go-karts, swings and a straw-bale fortress await. Also have fun fruit picking and enjoying the tea rooms. In celebration of the Ryder Cup, this year's theme is a golfer.

Cairnie Fruit Farm, by Cupar

Sat 23 Aug

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

  • 09:30 – 17:30

Sun 24 Aug

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

  • 09:30 – 17:30

Mon 25 Aug

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

  • 09:30 – 17:30
…and 67 more dates until 31 Oct

Giving Nature a Home

Family friendly nature and wildlife activities with RSPB Scotland.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 23 Aug

Check at reception

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sun 24 Aug

Check at reception

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sat 30 Aug

Check at reception

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Sun 31 Aug

Check at reception

Free / 0131 248 2909

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Achmelvich Coastal Walk

Meet to find out about how this beautiful land has changed over the last 3 billion years and how wildlife and people co-exist today.

Achmelvich Beach

Thu 25 Sep

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Achmelvich Coastal Walk

We will walk along the cliff edge seeking out wildlife: otter signs, dolphins, seabirds, wildflowers, and find out about the events which formed this lovely landscape.

Achmelvich Beach

Tue 26 Aug

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Ancient People of the Midlands

Discover the Midlands' rich and varied past. On a circular walk from Croft Castle (on a site occupied by the same family for a millennium) to the iron age hillfort of Croft Ambrey, see how many generations have left traces on the landscape and history of this once turbulent area.

University Of Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

£6

Part of British Science Festival.

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Archaeological 'Buffet' at Loggie

Explore the remains of a Bronze Age Fort, Iron Age Dun, Medieval Fort, ruins of houses from the old village of Newton Loggie, a round house and a Semi-broch all in two short walks at Loggie! Plus enjoy fantastic views of Ullapool across Loch Broom and look down on pretty Loggie bay. Can be boggy in places so come prepared…

Various venues: Loggie, Garve

Thu 2 Oct

£5 (£3; Familiy £12)

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Autumn Walk

With the grounds now closed for the winter season this is an excellent chance to enjoy the area in its full autumn splendour.

Hopetoun House, South Queensferry

Wed 22 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

  • 10:30 – 12:00

Back to Basics

Explore the nature and wildlife of the country park. Booking is essential.

Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock

Sun 21 Sep

Free / 01563 554734

An autumnal special.

  • 11:00

Ben Alligin Hill Walk

The 'Mountain of Beauty' is the meaning of its name in Gaelic and it certainly lives up to its name. We will aim to reach the summit of Tom na Gruagaich (922m), the Southern munro. From here prepare to have your breath taken away, and not just from the long climb! Fantastic views are in store, all the way to Harris…

Ben Alligin, Torridon

Tue 2 Sep

£10 (£5)

  • 09:30 – 16:00

Binoculars Event

if you want to watch birds, you need binoculars, but a Fisher Price Kid-Tough pair won't quite cut it. An RSPB optics expert helps you pick the right pair for your needs.

County Buildings, Wigtown

Mon 8 Sep

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Tue 9 Sep

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00

Wed 10 Sep

Free

  • 10:00 – 16:00
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Bio Blitz

Help scientists identify, count up and record all the animals on their checklist.

Edinburgh Zoo

Sat 13 Sep

Included in admission / 0131 334 9171

Plants and Beastie Hunt for all ages. No booking required.

  • 09:00 – 18:00

Biodiversity Blast: Conservation Volunteer Day

Join the rangers and get working to improve the park for local wildlife. Dress for the weather, with sturdy footwear. No experience necessary; all tools provided.

Eglinton Country Park & Visitor Centre, Irvine

Sat 6 Sep

Free / 01294 551776

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Sat 4 Oct

Free / 01294 551776

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 01294 551776

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Sat 6 Dec

Free / 01294 551776

  • 10:00 – 12:00

Birds for Beginners

Wrap up warm for a walk along Ullapools shore and the river mouth to look at the winter birdlife. Learn the differences between the gulls, look for waders, and hunt for dippers and wagtails by the river. Bring binoculars if you have them.

Various venues: Ullapool

Wed 5 Nov

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 12:30

Bone Caves – Really Wild!

Meet together for a fascinating walk back in time to the caves where the bones of Ice Age reindeer, humans and even polar bears were discovered. Stout footwear essential.

Bone Caves Circuit, Inchnadamph

Thu 11 Sep

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 14:00

Bone Caves Really Wild!

Meet together for a fascinating walk back in time to the caves where the bones of Ice Age reindeer, humans and even polar bears were discovered. Stout footwear essential.

Bone Caves Circuit, Inchnadamph

Tue 23 Sep

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 14:00
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Cancer Fight Goes Wild

Fundraising event for Children with Cancer UK.

Twycross Zoo, Atherstone

Sat 6 Sep

£12.99 (Children £10) / 07572604773

Caves and Clearances

This pleasant coastal and hill walk round the Rhu Peninsula begins with a visit to the Soap Cave then onwards to Port na Murrach where we can spend a few minutes enjoying the beach and some of the shells that are deposited there. Moving on, we will lunch at the fine sands of Allt Doire na Drise before passing the…

Rhu Pier

Tue 2 Sep

£5 (£3; Familiy £12)

  • 11:30 – 16:00

Clachtoll Coastal Walk

Join us on this beautiful coastal walk through a crofting township to the Iron Age Broch. Hear the stories of skeletons, ancient saunas and "catastrophic collapse". Find extraordinary ancient life forms!

Clachtoll Beach

Thu 4 Sep

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Tue 16 Sep

£3 (£2; Familiy £8)

  • 11:00 – 15:00

Cnoc na Staing

Join the Ranger in a walk to the best viewpoint in Lochcarron. We will follow two historic routes, the 'burma road' and an old coffin road on a circular tour. The return is through Kirkton woods which has some interesting archaeology hidden in the trees. Can be boggy in places so come prepared.

Rockvilla Hotel, Lochcarron

Wed 24 Sep

£3 (£2; Familiy £8) / 01520 722379

  • 10:00 – 13:00

Coastal Butterfly Identification Workshop

Scott Donaldson from Butterfly Conservation leads this workshop in telling one species of lepidoptera from another. Bring a packed lunch.

The Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine

Sat 23 Aug

Free / 01294 278283

  • 10:00 – 15:30
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