Nature takes spotlight in BIG weekend
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TOMINTOUL will host a number of events as part of a weekend showcasing natural life in the nation's largest national park.
The Cairngorms Nature BIG weekend runs from May 10-13, with more than 80 activities taking place across the area.
The chance to see Conservation in Action at both Scalan Mills and Blairfindy Castle are among attractions, as are Wader Chick Treasure Hunts throughout Tomintoul.
Further afield, you can experience the wonders of the forest in Rothiemurchus and find out how to create light from tree sap and sip pine needle tea.
Take the Capercaillie Challenge at Carrbridge, or head to Blair Atholl for a kids’ wildlife photography session.
There is a family bushcraft experience at Glen Tanar, walks and talks in Glen Doll and a hub in Braemar with a mini-programme of activities from hide-building to craft sessions.
There will also be opportunities to get close to some amazing species and meet the people who live and work in the Cairngorms National Park, including behind the scenes tours on estates and Lynbreck Croft – currently featuring on BBC’s This Farming Life.
Lucy Ford, the Cairngorms National Park Authority conservation engagement officer who has been working on the BIG Weekend, said: "I am very excited about the programme of events we have this year, every event provider has put a tremendous amount of work into offering the best BIG Weekend possible.
"The Cairngorms National Park is a Park for All and the line-up of events this year is designed to have something for all ages and abilities.
"There are so many experiences waiting to be had, check out the programme and find yours."
Visit the event's website for the full programme and to book.