Local Walking and Wildlife Festival launched

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A GROUP of three and four year old children from Collieston took a walk on the wild side on Thursday, as they helped launch The Energetica Walking & Wildlife Festival.

The unique weekend of 18 different events with over 400 places for Festival visitors, is taking place on May 25 & 26 throughout the Energetica corridor between Bridge of Don and Peterhead.

The first of its kind in the area, the Festival promises a weekend of guided walks, dolphin watching, bird spotting, coastal cruises, pond dipping, bug hunts and a visit to Nature’s Hotel - all led by wildlife and nature experts. The majority of the activities are free to the public.

The festival brings together a selection of what’s on offer to residents and visitors, all within or close to Energetica. Events include Dolphinwatch at Torry Battery on the outskirts of Aberdeen Harbour where RSPB experts will be on hand with binoculars and telescopes to help spot the largest bottlenose dolphins in the world, and the Balmedie Beach Walk which welcomes both walkers and their dogs to the special sand dunes to discover the World War II pill boxes and tank traps that have lain undisturbed for over 60 years.

Belinda Miller, Aberdeenshire’s head of economic development said: “In the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, this is a unique opportunity to discover the delights of one of the best kept secrets in the north east of Scotland. Under the expert guidance of a variety of wildlife experts, including The National Trust, The RSPB and local rangers and naturalists there is so much to see, do and learn about the area.

“We’ve already had an enthusiastic response and bookings for the events are well underway from people who want to make the most of this insight into one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland.”