Flora & Fauna in March

Scotland’s stunning landscape comes alive during March as spring flowers bursting with vibrant colours start to bloom and an abundance of wildlife can be spotted. It is an important time for fishing enthusiasts too as the popular brown trout season gets underway.

The iconic Bass Rock, which lies off the coast of East Lothian, is home to almost half the seabirds in Europe, with significant collections of gannets, razorbills and guillemots.

Between March and September, visitors can enjoy the wonderful experience of a boat tour round the Bass Rock from the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. The progress of the birds can also be followed throughout the year from the Seabird Centre’s webcams.

Another sight not to be missed during March is the abundance of beautiful snowdrops. Due to the snowdrop’s ability to thrive in many different conditions, carpets of the distinctive white flowers can be found across Scotland.

The Cambo Estate in St Andrews, Fife is the central point of the annual Scottish Snowdrop Festival which includes a range of walks and events celebrating this popular spring flower.

In Dumfries & Galloway, the Wild Spring Festival is held every year and features over 100 wildlife events. From workshops and tours with local experts to family trails and more, the festival is an excellent opportunity to learn about the region’s natural beauty and wildlife