Flora & Fauna in April

Seals can be seen all year round, swimming in harbour bays and bathing on rocks. There are two main types of seal in Scotland, the grey and the common seal, with the latter species being larger in numbers.

They can be found everywhere from Tentsmuir Point in the Fife and the Isle of Mull in the west, to the harbours of Shetland in the north and right down to the Mull of Galloway in the south.

Many nature reserves and beaches provide information on where and when you are likely to see both grey and common seals. A great way to take a closer look at sealife and find out more about the species is to join a boat tour, from short one our wildlife trips to day-long cruises.

Spring is a marvellous time of year when many creatures begin to nest. There are lots of visitor centres across the country which will bring you close to the action. Visit the Lodge Visitor Centre, near Aberfoyle in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park where you can see Wildlife Watch, live CCTV images streamed from different locations across the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. You may be lucky enough to see buzzards, red squirrels, peregrines and even ospreys.