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Watch the birdies with the Countryside Rangers


Aberdeen City Council's Countryside Ranger Service is holding a bird watching event at its base at Lochinch Farm, Nigg on Saturday [02 February].

The event is open to people of all abilities and will be led by countryside officer Ian Talboys who will take the group round Lochinch Farm and the Loch of Loirston.

The Countryside Rangers' base is located just off Redmoss Road at Nigg and the bird watching event will run from 11am until around 1pm.

Ian said: "Winter is a great time to go bird watching at Lochinch as usually there is a good variety of water birds on the Loch of Loirston, especially when it is cold.

"Over the last couple of weeks large flocks of wigeon, tufted ducks and mallard have been visiting the loch. The fields and woodland shelter-belts are also good places to spot different kinds of finches, thrushes and even wading birds such as curlew. Overheard there are often buzzards and kestrels.

"Wrap up warm, bring your binoculars and come and enjoy some of the fantastic sights that we often miss as we drive along Wellington Road."

Saturday's event is the first the Countryside Ranger Service is running to celebrate the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, which aims to promote Scotland's spectacular natural environment both at home and abroad.

Places are limited and must be booked by calling 01224 897400 or emailing