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CWW 2019 excursions

As part of your conference ticket price, we can offer you the chance to enjoy one of three excursions on Friday 30 August. These trips have limited spaces, so we will issue them on a first come, first served basis. Booking for excursions is now open. To book your place on your chosen excursion, please email info@cww2019.org with the name of the excursion you’d like to book as the subject.

  1. North Berwick and Bass Rock boat trip* (100 people)
  2. Whitelee windfarm (40 people)
  3. Flanders Moss (morning) and Argaty Red Kites (afternoon) (27 people)

*In the event of poor weather, the boat trip may be cancelled. The excursion to North Berwick will still take place.

North Berwick/Bass Rock boat trip

The seaside town of North Berwick is on the East Lothian coast on the outer Firth of Forth. You will have the chance to visit town and the newly-refurbished Scottish Seabird Centre.The Seabird Centre’s exhibits include interactive live cameras on the local islands, so visitors can watch local wildlife in its natural habitat. Just 2.5 miles offshore from North Berwick is Bass Rock. If weather allows, a guided boat trip will take you around the island, which has the world’s largest colony of northern gannets. Other species present on Bass Rock include guillemot, razorbill, shag, puffin, eider and various species of gull. The trip does not include lunch, but there are several places to eat in North Berwick.

Whitelee Windfarm

Whitelee windfarm is the largest windfarm in the UK. The site boasts 215 turbines with a combined capacity of 539MW. Occupying a raised plateau 10 miles south of Glasgow, Whitelee windfarm has become a popular attraction. An average of 75,000 people visit the site each year, and they come to explore the 130km of trails across the site. The windfarm needed careful planning to minimise impacts on peatland habitats and ground nesting birds. ScottishPower Renewables has undertaken extensive habitat restoration work encompassing 25km2 of land within and around the windfarm. This has provided an overall net gain for biodiversity. This excursion is an opportunity to understand the challenges of developing wind energy in upland Scotland. It will involve a short, guided walk that will provide an overview of the typical issues faced, as well as lunch in the purpose-built visitor centre.

Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve/Argaty farm Red Kite centre

Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve is near the host city of Stirling. It is one of the largest lowland raised bogs in the UK, and it is home to a wide range of specialist plants and animals. Scottish National Heritage (SNH) manage the reserve, and it overlaps with several protected areas, including a specific area of conservation. It is also a site of special scientific interest. You can stroll along the accessible boardwalk to get fantastic views across the reserve from the viewing tower. Keep a look out for various species of birds, invertebrates and lizards basking on the boardwalk, and enjoy the beautiful heather. You can also learn about the peatland restoration techniques at the reserve and how windfarm sites can use these methods. We do not provide lunch on this trip, so please bring a packed lunch with you. Wellies are also essential.

Argaty Farm is located on the Braes of Doune in an area of central Scotland where red kites were re-introduced after a 130-year absence. The red kite centre provides a facility for enjoying the birds in comfort and removes the risk of disturbing what is still a fragile population. Watching from the purpose-built hide, you will have the chance to view the spectacle of the kites’ flying acrobatics, which is set against the backdrop of the hill fields. Other birds you may be lucky enough to see include peregrine, kestrel, buzzards, sparrowhawk and hen harriers. A wide variety of smaller birds are also attracted by Argaty’s conservation management. A recent survey recorded over a hundred species on the farm.

 

Logistics and information

All trips will leave from the Stirling Court Hotel, which is on the grounds of the University of Stirling, at 09:30 and return at approximately 16:00.

  1. North Berwick/Bass Rock

We will not provide lunch on this trip, but there are places to eat in North Berwick.

  1. Whitelee windfarm

We will provide lunch on this trip.

  1. Flanders Moss/Argaty

We will not provide lunch on this trip, and you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Wellies are essential for Flanders Moss. Please contact us before 23 August if you need us to provide you with a pair for this trip.

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