Whether you’re taking a gentle stroll around the Scottish countryside in the sunshine or running in terror from a friendly bee who has taken a liking to your brightly-coloured top, there’s one familiar sight that reminds us all that spring is finally here: lambs! There are plenty of places across Scotland where you can see this fluffy phenomenon this Mother’s Day as they bounce around under the watchful eye of the nearby ewes, reminding some people of the joys (and hardships) of being a Mum!
East Links Family Park in East Lothian has recently been blessed with the pitter patter of tiny hooves from the lambs, goat kids and even a donkey foal which can all be seen enjoying the sunshine together with their mothers. Take a trip to Mabie Farm in Dumfries where visitors can see mothers with their offspring in the animal barn or visit the Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre near Comrie, Perthshire which features a hatchery where you can see baby animals!
At Edinburgh Zoo, the male Gentoo penguins certainly know how to spoil the lucky Mums-to-be by bringing them pretty pebbles for their nest as a token of their love. Throughout spring you might be able to witness this charmingly romantic behaviour and be lucky enough to see the mothers with their eggs and perhaps even chicks in the next few months. You could also visit the banteng enclosure where an adorable new-born calf can be seen trotting around with his mother.
Scotland is also a great place to see mothers with their offspring in the wild during springtime. At the Rothiemurchus Estate near Aviemore in the Cairngorms National Park, Speyside Wildlife offers dusk watches which provide visitors with the chance to see badger cubs as well as a number of other exciting species such as red deer and pine marten!
The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick offers boat trips to the Bass Rock where hundreds of thousands of seabirds can be seen nesting and raising chicks. Orkney and Shetland are also good places to spot puffins which can be seen with their iconic beak full of fish when they return to the nest to feed their chicks.