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Come along for a blether about birds of a feather

19 February 2007

Families are invited to join students from Oatridge College for a guided walk and talk to discover more about the winter birdlife at Linlithgow Peel. As part of their HND Countryside Management course, the students have been working with the Historic Scotland Ranger Service to find out more about the environment around Linlithgow Palace. They are inviting the public to a special afternoon event where they will lead walks round the loch and show visitors how to make nesting boxes and bird feeders.

Martin Gray, Historic Scotland Ranger, said "The students have done a great job in helping us re-design our bird feeding leaflets and in finding out more about the birdlife at the peel.  Now they want to share what they have learned and are inviting people along to this special event to find out how to make boxes and feeders to encourage wild birds to their own gardens.

It should be lots of fun and, hopefully, visitors will get to see some of the wonderful birdlife that spends the winter on and around the loch."

Oatridge College lies 15 mile west of Edinburgh. The college primarily serves the land-based industries and rural economy, teaching a wide range of skills whether these are in craft, professional or higher education studies.  

The event, called Birds, Boxes and Blethers, takes place on Sunday, 25 February at 1.30pm.  It is free to take part but places are limited so booking is essential.  Anyone wishing to take part should call 01506 842065.

Notes for editors
Linlithgow Palace is in Linlithgow off the M9. Admission is charged to the Palace at £5 for adults, £4 for concessions and £2.50 for children. Birds, Boxes and Blethers is free of charge.

The magnificent ruins of Linlithgow Palace are set in a park beside a loch. All of the Stewart kings lived here, and numerous renovations to the Palace’s grand facades and chambers were carried out as each sought to create the ideal modern palace.

The Palace was last visited by the Stewart family in 1745, when Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed.  In 1746, the Duke of Cumberland set the Palace on fire as he left to travel north to fight this very same Stewart at Culloden.

The magnificent courtyard fountain has been carefully restored and is now on full view to visitors (running every Sunday throughout summer).

The Loch is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the extensive wildfowl population.  A well surfaced walkway around the loch gives good views of the abundant water birds including swans, ducks, great-crested and little grebes.

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.

Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s built heritage.  It is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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