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Tue 20 Nov 2012

Birdwatching from the battlements at Dumbarton Castle

Birdwatching enthusiasts are being invited to one of the Clyde’s most dramatic viewpoints on Sunday (November 25th), to find out more about the fascinating bird life which occupies this stunning estuary during the winter months.

Dumbarton Castle will be the setting for “Birdwatching from the Battlements”, an event which offers a unique vantage point over the Firth of Clyde Special Protection Area.

Hosted by Historic Scotland’s Ranger Service, in conjunction with the RSPB and British Trust for Ornithology, visitors can enjoy a talk on west coast birds, take part in a bird count, and use RSPB scopes and binoculars to seek out species of overwintering birds.

Historic Scotland Ranger Ian Lewis said: “Dumbarton Castle is perfectly placed to give visitors unparalleled views across the estuary. The location adds another dimension to this remarkable site, where visitors will have the chance to see birds including redshank, oystercatcher, goldeneye, red breasted merganser, scaup, eider, cormorant and red-throated diver. The population of redshank is so large that the site has been designated a Special Protection Area.

“Bird counts play an important role in assessing the distribution of overwintering birds, as well as populations on the estuary, and visitors will be invited to contribute to this vital work.”

The event, which runs from noon till 4pm and includes tea and coffee, is free to Historic Scotland members, and to visitors purchasing admission tickets to Dumbarton Castle.

For more information, and to book a place on “Birdwatching from the Battlements”, please phone the Historic Scotland Ranger Service on 01506 842065.

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