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BBC Winterwatch 2014 comes to Cairngorms National Park

Witness nature’s raw survival stories with Winterwatch, the annual BBC Two nature show, as it makes a welcome return to TV screens for a new series from January 20 – 23 at 8.30pm to once again chart the fortunes of Scottish flora and fauna as they struggle to survive the harshest time of the year.

Broadcasting live from the stunning new location in the Cairngorms National Park – where winter hits hardest – at the Mar Lodge Estate, wildlife reporters Chris Packham, Michaela Strachan and Martin Hughes-Games venture into the UK’s most extreme and mountainous region of the Scottish Highlands and investigate how wildlife is adapting to the challenges of winter.

‘(…) I’ve always found the Scottish Highlands a stunning, romantic, wild, remote and magical place to be’, said Michaela, and added: ‘I have packed my thermals and I’m really looking forward to exploring the Cairngorms.’

What about you?

Tune in and discover the fascinating, but dramatic showdown between creatures and the winter microworld in real time via a network of high-definition remote cameras streaming wildlife action live from dawn to dusk from Monday through to Thursday and for now take a sneak preview of the BBC’s trailer.

Loch Morlich in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park

Loch Morlich in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park

Set to be jam-packed with compelling footage, expect to see intimate insights into some of the natural world’s gems that live here, including the truly remarkable red and roe deer as they battle to make it through to spring after the exhausting rutting season in autumn and the Caledonian pinewood’s core residents, the pine martens and red squirrels along with the majestic golden eagles scavenging for the scarce food in the inclement winter weather – all the A-listers of British wildlife. Plus, follow the stories of the otters and dippers, which inhabit the River Dee and its tributaries on the estate where the water temperature can often be much higher than the atmosphere’s, and learn how the wood ants, one of the estate’s tiniest creatures, make it through winter against all odds.

Have we kindled a passion for the outdoors in you yet? If so, get off the sofa now and start engaging with the nature surrounding you today. Whether you spot a red squirrel in your local park, a woodpecker drilling in the woods or birds of prey cruising over the moorlands, capture those #brilliantmoments on a camera and share them with us using @VisitScotland on Twitter, +VisitScotland on GooglePlus, via Facebook or any other social platform.

The National Trust for Scotland’s Mar Lodge Estate, set in the heart of the Cairngorms National Nature Reserve near Braemar in Aberdeenshire, enjoys a superlative location and is internationally recognised as the most important nature conservation landscape in the British Isles. Covering 29,000 hectares and incorporating 15 Munros (mountains which exceed 914 m), this nature and wildlife haven is rich in varied habitats to explore, including forest, rivers and upland. Add to this the fact that it’s one of the coldest places in the UK, with temperatures dropping to the lowest ever recorded -27.2 degrees C in 1982 – there is no better place to examine the impact this season’s headline-grabbing harsh winter weather has had on wildlife.

With our handy wildlife itineraries, you can now discover even more of Scotland’s breathtaking flora and fauna. From mountains and hills to national parks and coasts and islands, get some ideas, inspiration and top tips on when to see and where to find wildlife in Scotland.



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