Under the auspices of the Scottish Wildlife Trust a Junior Wildlife Watch Club is reforming in the Stonehaven area for children and families interested in outdoor education and nature activities.
Following the retirement of the last organiser, David Potter, former members and local nature enthusiasts have organised a series of summer events which will be open to the public. The first is a Family Quiz and Trail at Dunnotar Woods, Sunday 24 June, beginning at 1:45pm in the Quarry Car Park. A trail has been mapped, following woodland paths, to some of the landmarks created during the late 18th and early 19th centuries by the Allardyce and Kennedy families who established the Dunnottar Estate. This included a large mansion house with stables, walled gardens and other interesting features. Lady Eleonora Kennedy, whose father planted the first woodland and garden estate, spent much of her childhood and married life at Dunnottar Estate. She is reputed to have created ten special areas in the woods for the amusement of her nine children born there.
The Wildlife Watch Club have produced a family friendly Quiz which visits and explores the history surrounding some of these landmarks and participants will be helped to identify some of the woodland trees, plants and animals as they follow the marked route.
Members of the public are welcome to join the event but BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL. Cost is £1 per child. Further information from Kirsteen Latto (tel. 01569 765976) or Fiona Squires (tel. 01569 731377).