Wildlife around Braemar — Summer

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Pearl Bordered Fritillary

Summer sees a host of wild flowers begin to bloom, too many to mention! The grassy flats beside the rivers become beautiful meadows, and later on the heather turns the hillsides purple.

Birds are busy breeding at this time of year. On the moors look out for Red Grouse, Meadow Pipit and Skylark. These are all ground breeding so please stick to paths and keep dogs under close control.

Amongst the trees you may catch a glimpse of Tree Creeper, Crossbill, Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Blue Tit or Great Tit.

If walking along the rivers look out for the small Dipper with its white bib and dark red waistcoat; it is reliant on the crystal clear water to find its food. You may also see Goosander with its elegant long neck; the females have a lovely coppery head, whilst the male is a dark metallic green. Or you may also be lucky enough to see an otter.

OtterIf venturing onto the mountains you may see Dotterel, Snow Bunting, Golden Plover or Ptarmigan. These birds are very sensitive to disturbance by dogs, please do not allow them to run out of control.

Remember to look skywards and you may see Buzzard, or if really lucky a Golden Eagle. In July and August their chicks will be learning to fly, often accompanied by frequent calling.

On a sunny day you should see plenty of butterflies such as Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Small Heath, Red Admiral, and later in the summer, Scotch Argus and Meadow Brown. Look out for Dragonflies and Damselflies near water, these brightly coloured creatures are beautiful but highly efficient predators of other insects.

Watch out for adders; males are pale, whilst females are usually a rich brown or copper colour, both have a line of dark diamonds down their backs. Snakes will almost always move out of your way, but give them plenty of room to do so, especially on cooler days.