Get out and about and spot wildlife

MILNGAVIE and Bearsden residents are being encouraged to make the most of wildlife opportunities on their doorstep as part of a major UK marketing campaign being run by VisitScotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Five of Scotland’s iconic indigenous species are the focus - red deer, golden eagle, harbour seal, otter and red squirrels.

The campaign, which celebrates the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, aims to inspire people to get out and about and visit a dedicated website www.visitscotland.com/big5 for information about where to see the Big 5 in Scotland.

Scottish Natural Heritage wants as many people as possible to try to spot all of the Big 5 during the Year of Natural Scotland and to share their experiences through social media. Those who take part in the Big 5 Twitter and Facebook discussions will be eligible for prizes.

A spokesperson said: “While spotting may take some planning and patience, it can be achieved by almost anyone with an enthusiasm for Scotland’s great outdoors. The country’s network of national nature reserves is a very good starting point for a Big 5 encounter, with some offering sightings of up to four of the five species at once.”