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January

In The Hills

Hind stalking, which starts in late October continues. On a warm day grouse pairs can be seen ‘clocking’ – taking up breeding territory with the cock displaying and calling to the hen birds in their distinctive fashion.

On the River

The salmon fishing season on the River Tay and its tributaries opens on 15 January with a ceremony at Kenmore to honour the river and the fish.

On the Farm

Cattle and Sheep stock are being fed. Pheasant shooting is taking place.

February

In The Hills

Hind stalking ends in the middle of the month. For the next two months deer have a tough time towards the end of winter and especially if the spring is late. Try not to disturb them.

On the River

A quiet month. Salmon are running the lower Tay and may be entering Loch Tay.

On the Farm

Cattle and Sheep stock are being fed indoors and out.

March

In The Hills

All birds including birds of prey and ground nesters are taking up their territory and beginning to build nests.

On the River

The trout fishing season opens ( 15 March – 6 October). There are big spring salmon to be caught on the River Tay and Lyon.

On the Farm

Low ground lambing is about to begin. Stay away from breeding ewes and keep dogs on the lead. You may see roe deer, hares, oyster catchers, curlew, partridges and pheasants out in the open fields.

April

In The Hills

Fox Hunting is taking place on all the estates in the glen prior to lambing. A busy time for breeding birds. Nest building. Heather burning takes place to burn off the old rank heather and to allow the new shoots to come through, upon which grouse chicks and young deer feed. You may see a ‘black grouse’ display during the early morning – called ‘lekking’.

On the Farm

The ewes are brought in from the hill where they have spent the winter – just in time to lamb. Lambing is at its height at the end of April and into the first two weeks of May. Hoggs (last years lambs kept for flock replacement) will return from their winter away, and will be released to the hill.

May

In The Hills

The height of the bird breeding season. Grouse, Ptarmigan, Merlin Hawks, Short Eared Owls, Pippets, Wheatears, Golden Plover and Curlew, all ground nesting birds are at the vital stage of their nesting. It is very important that they are not disturbed by humans and dogs. Stick to the recognised routes and tracks. In the hills do not wander into the corries. In this way you will also avoid disturbing the deer who are heavily pregnant and are about to calve. Birds of Prey are also nesting and must not be disturbed. Roe deer have their calves in the latter two weeks of the month. Their previous years young are pushed away from the family group. You may see young animals wandering around as if lost!

On the River

Fishing is taking place. The Code is inconclusive in its advice to recreational users other than fishermen. The River Lyon is very narrow and dangerous, especially in the lower Pass of Lyon. We would therefore ask visitors to check where it might be appropriate to carry out water sports locally. There are recognised places such as Grandtully and Loch Tay where facilities are first class. In addition it would be helpful to contact estates to find out whether the proposed activity will conflict with estates’ programmes and fishing.

On the Farm

May is the main lambing period. In the third week of May the ewes and their young are being returned to the hill. The mother will take her lambs back to where she was raised. This is known as’hefting’. Again it is important that dogs do not get in amongst sheep in the fields or on the hill. Cattle come off feed and return to the fields for the summer grazings.

June

In The Hills

Deer Calving. Stay out of the corries. Dogs on leads. Hinds leave their calves hidden during the day. Do not be tempted to touch the deer calves if you find them, for by doing this you will leave your smell and the mother (hind) will almost certainly abandon her baby. As with sheep, the hinds take their calves to where they were brought up, a very important process known as ‘hefting’. Do not stay late in the hills as the mothers need to return to their calves to feed and to bond with them. Again it is important that dogs do not get in amongst sheep (in the fields) and deer (on the hill). Ground Nesting birds, grouse, ptarmigan, plover chicks will fledge. The parents will struggle to rear them because of the weather, predation and disturbance. Human disturbance should be minimised. Dogs especially under control.

On the River

Fishing is taking place. You can expect runs of small salmon, known as grilse during this month.

On the Farm

Most Lambs returned to the hill. Hay and silage making is taking place. Stay away from operating machinery.

July

In The Hills

Deer calves are becoming more robust. The stag season opens on 01 July (01 July – 20 October) although not many estates start stalking until August and September. Occasionally you may find a notice at an entry point to the hills at Invervar indicating that stalking is taking place. We hope you will understand our request to walk elsewhere. Ground Nesting birds, grouse, ptarmigan, plover chicks will fledge. Some parents will have to have second broods having lost the first brood to poor weather (in June) or predation. Human disturbance should be minimised.

On the River

Fishing is taking place. You can expect runs of small salmon, known as grilse during this month.

On the Farm

Hay and silage making is taking place.

August

In The Hills

Although the deer calves are quite strong, they can easily become separated from the hind in bad weather and if disturbed. Look out for and stay away from deer. Stag stalking begins to get underway. Occasionally you may find a notice at an entry point to the hills at Invervar indicating that stalking is taking place. We hope you will understand our request to walk elsewhere. Grouse Shooting ( 12 August – 10 December) Much of the highland rural economy depends upon grouse shooting.

On the River

Fishing is taking place.

On the Farm

Hay and silage making is taking place.

September

In The Hills.

Stag stalking takes place regularly. This is a necessary process to maintain the herd in a healthy state. Old, weak, and injured animals are humanly shot. Many estates rely upon the income to support their employees and businesses. You may regularly find notices indicating that the activity is taking place and we ask that you walk elsewhere. Most estates provide a point of contact, so you are advised to check in advance to avoid disappointment.

On the River

Fishing is taking place

On the Farm

Cattle and Sheep Sales are beginning. Partridge Shooting takes place.

October

In The Hills

The red deer rut begins in earnest. The stag stalking season is at its height. This is a most important time for highland estates. We would be most grateful if you would avoid walking here during this period. The rut is the breeding season for the red deer. You may well hear and see the stags roaring and holding small groups of hinds. We have provided access advice. Alternative walking areas have been advised. Access this web site, Enquire locally and in advance via the Tourist Office or The Estate upon which you are staying. Stalkers and owners will only be too pleased to advise.

On the River

The Trout & Salmon Fishing Seasons both close. (6 and 15 October respectively). Salmon and Trout are spawning.

On the Farm

Cattle and Sheep sales continue. Pheasant Shooting takes place.

November

In the Hills

The rut is still ongoing. Hind stalking gets under way. The rut will decline and the stags will return into their own groups heading for their wintering grounds. Hinds and calves remain in their groups in the corries and high tops (weather permitting) on the Estate. Walk on the recognised routes and try not to drive hinds out of shelter as the weather worsens. Occasionally you will be advised of stalking taking place. Please respect that advice and find an alternative walk. Consider enquiring in advance to avoid disappointment.

On the River

Salmon and Trout are spawning

On the Farm

Pheasant Shooting takes place.

December

In the Hills

Walk on the recognised routes and try not to drive hinds out of shelter as the weather worsens. Occasionally you will be advised of stalking taking place. Please respect that advice and find an alternative walk. Consider enquiring in advance to avoid disappointment.

On the River

Salmon and Trout are spawning

On the Farm

Pheasant and Partridge Shooting takes place.