Bringing people together with nature
Where can you see some of the UK's favourite wildlife? The south of Scotland, naturally.
The Scottish Borders is home to many of the country's most iconic species, including the majestic golden eagle and the loveable red squirrel. But you've got to know where to look - and that's where Go Wild Scotland comes in.
Go Wild Scotland community interest company was established by Five Turrets owners Gethin Chamberlain and Carolynn Shaw to help people make the most of the wildlife of the Scottish Borders and to improve the environment for wildlife watching.
The company has created a community wildlife project beside the Ettrick Water at Mauldsheugh Wood on the edge of Selkirk, where it has built a physical and digital nature trail with wheelchair accessible paths through woodland on the Philiphaugh Estate. It's a great place for families to enjoy a 1km circuit which includes a bird viewing area - where great spotted woodpeckers are among the many visitors - and a wildlife pond where if you are lucky you can catch a glimpse of the roe deer when they come down to the water. The wood is home to fox and badger too.
To help visitors get even more from their stay the company offers nature days out around southern Scotland, including conservation volunteering programmes at its Selkirk wildlife project.
From the rugged coastlines to the rolling hills, the Scottish Borders is a nature-lover’s dream. Experienced guides will take you on a journey through the stunning landscapes, providing you with the chance to observe and photograph a variety of species.
Red squirrels are the elusive stars of the forest, while seals and puffins delight visitors to the coast. Otters live all along the Tweed river system and although nothing is guaranteed, there's always a chance of a sighting.
The aim is to offer unforgettable wildlife experiences for nature enthusiasts young and old.
Tours are designed to be both educational and enjoyable. The experienced guides are passionate about wildlife and the environment and will take guests to the best spots for viewing and provide information about the animals and their habitats.
As a community interest company, Go Wild Scotland is committed to reinvesting profits from its activities back into its community projects, including Mauldsheugh Wood. All tours are conducted in a responsible and sustainable manner, with a focus on conservation and protection of wildlife and the environment.