Wildlife watching at Broughty Castle

Credit: Andy Hay / RSPB
Credit: Andy Hay / RSPB

RSPB Scotland and Leisure and Culture Dundee are inviting people to join them for a day of wildlife watching on Saturday, July 2, at Broughty Castle and Museum.

This event will offer visitors the chance to get close views of the birds and wildlife that can be found in the Firth of Tay using telescopes and binoculars.

Lauren Shannon, Community Engagement Officer for RSPB Scotland said: “The Tay is home to lots of wildlife and is designated as an internationally important site for birds.

“We’ll be hoping to see shelducks and eiders with their ducklings. We’ll also be on the lookout for marine mammals such as seals and dolphins and what better spot to watch from than the grounds of historic Broughty Castle!”

Bottlenose dolphins can be spotted in many places along the east coast of Scotland and are regularly seen in the Tay estuary from Broughty Ferry, where they feed on salmon and sea trout. The dolphins are part of the East Scotland population, which ranges from the Moray Firth to as far south as northern England. They are the largest bottlenose dolphins in the world, needing extra blubber to thrive in their cold North Sea home.

Michael Sedakat, Curator of Botany and Zoology at the museum said: “Summer is an excellent time to see wildlife along the Firth of Tay. Visitors can also come and meet a Natural History Curator to discover more about the wildlife that’s out there.”

The Tay Wildlife Watch event will take place on Saturday, July 2, from 11am–4pm, in the grounds of the Castle with activities inside the museum as well. For more information contact the RSPB Tayside and Fife Office on 01738 630783 or contact Broughty Castle Museum on 01382 436916.