Clackmannanshire goes wild at Castle Campbell

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A celebration of all things wild in the Year of Natural Scotland at Castle Campbell.



Are you new to wildlife watching?  Do you think Springwatch is a non-battery wrist ’clock’? Or are you a very experienced amateur Attenborough? Whatever your knowledge or expertise, join us in a celebration of all things wild in the Year of Natural Scotland.


Come along to Castle Campbell and Dollar Glen to see the best Bioblitz extravaganza on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July.


Take part in a series of wildlife surveys to find out what flies, crawls, wiggles, swims, slithers, hops, and climbs through Dollar Glen and Castle Campbell; all led by experts in their field.


Castle Campbell


If this isn’t enough, you can enjoy river dipping sessions organised by Rangers from Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, as well as arts and crafts activities and interactive stalls for all the family to enjoy.


The main event is free and takes place from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Visitors can drop by Mill Green, behind Dollar Museum and at the foot of Dollar Glen, throughout the day to get further information about the activities on offer and see the stalls brimming with wildlife.


There will also be a bat walk taking place on 13th July starting from Castle Campbell. You’ll be able to listen for these amazing animals using hi-tech equipment and watch their aerobatics as they hunt in the gloaming. The bat walk begins at 9 pm and will incur a small charge – to book phone Castle Campbell on (01259) 742 408


Matt McCabe, Interpretation Ranger for Historic Scotland, said “This is a great way to get out and about to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland and find out about flora and fauna in the stunning setting of Castle Campbell and Dollar Glen.”


Callum McNeill-Ritchie, Ranger Naturalist with the National Trust for Scotland, added “Dollar Glen and Castle Campbell is definitely the wee place with a very big heart.  The Glen is set between two steep gorges and is the finest example of an oak-ash woodland in Clackmannanshire and this part of the Forth Valley.  The many waterfalls help provide both spectacle and species; with a series of burns that roar out of the Highlands and meander through to the lowlands.


“At each turn of the path you see more of the abundance of mosses and lichens, flowers, insects, and the many birds and mammals.  We even have a ‘disco’ fly that flashes its silver wings in the darker hollows to get a girlfriend!  It is a superb setting to enjoy activities such as these and it is great to be working with Historic Scotland’s staff in making this the wildlife event of the Year of Natural Scotland. Come and join us in two days of biological and personal discovery.”




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