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Nature Detective discoveries

19 June 2008

On Tuesdays throughout July the Rangers at Linlithgow Peel are hosting a series of Nature Detective events that will take families back to basics with fun and games for everyone to enjoy.

There will be the opportunity to embark on a Mini-Beast Hunt on Tuesday 1 and 15 July where kids can go searching for the bugs and creepy-crawlies at the Peel and discover everything there is to know about their natural habitat. There will also be some mini-beast related games for all ages to join in.

On Tuesday 8 July there will be a trip to the beach next to Blackness Castle for Make and Fly a Kite on the Beach. Visitors to this activity will have the chance to create a colourful, personalised kite from paper, sticks and thread that can be flown on the beach whilst keeping an eye out for the wildlife that lives next to the Firth of Forth.

At Loch Dipping on Tuesday 22 and 29 July the Rangers will dive into the world of underwater mini-beasts at Linlithgow Loch, and young visitors can learn all about mayfly nymphs, pond snails, water boatmen, and their life at the loch.

Ian Lewis, Historic Scotland Ranger, said;
“The Peel really comes to life over the summer months and it’s great to see all sorts of mini creatures making their home around the loch. Our Nature Detective events are a fantastic opportunity for visitors to learn all about the natural life at the park while enjoying fun and games in a fantastic setting.”

Mini-Beast Hunt is on Tuesday 1 and 15 July. Make and Fly a Kite on the Beach is on Tuesday 8 July. Loch Dipping is on Tuesday 22 and 29 July. Each event is on from 10.00 to 12 noon and booking is recommended by calling 01506 842 065. These events are aimed at age eight plus and all children should be accompanied by an adult.

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  • The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace, set in the Royal Park or Peel beside Linlithgow Loch, are situated in Linlithgow, off the M9.

  • Tel: 01506 842 896. Admission: adult £5.20, child £2.60, concession £4.20.

  • Linlithgow Loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its large wildfowl population and abundance of wildlife.

  • Linlithgow Peel Rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of Rangers – there are also Ranger services at Holyrood Park and at the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney.

  • Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way.  For details visit

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  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. For details visit
  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763