In some respects winter is the easiest time to spot wildlife in the Scottish Borders. Bare trees allow us to catch a glimpse of many native birds, squirrels leaping from branch to branch and in the evenings, owls hunting in the darkness.
Overwintering wildfowl flock together on many of the Border’s watercourses making a spectacular sight and you may spot an Atlantic salmon making its way upstream to spawn anywhere along the River Tweed and its tributaries.
On frosty days the colours of even the smallest things like mosses and liverworts seem to pop out and you find yourself appreciating their exquisite form.
Snowy weather makes it easy to follow the footprints of birds and mammals across the landscape and maybe glimpse a white mountain hare, a stoat in his winter coat or a handsome red fox trotting across the fields.
Along the coast you may spot a dolphin, porpoise or seal as you enjoy the bracing winter weather on the beaches and clifftops of the Berwickshire coastal path.
Short days, clear skies and low sun give a quality of light to the landscape that brings out its features allowing us to appreciate the beauty of this very special piece of Scotland.
As winter breaks the Border's woodlands spring to life with carpets of snowdrops and a promise of the year to come.
Winter really is a very busy time for nature here in the Scottish Borders and offers some of the regions most spectacular sights and sounds; it's worth making the effort to see it. Why not try:
- Pink footed geese at Greenlaw Moor
- Atlantic Salmon anywhere along the River Tweed and its tributaries
- Whooper Swans at Lindean Loch
- Wintering wild fowl at Bemersyde Moss, Yetholm Loch and Duns Castle
- Snowdrops at Kailzie Gardens, Newtown St Boswells Wood and Glenkinnon Burn
Use the navigator bar at the side of the page to discover the range of events and other opportunities we have here in the Scottish Borders to get you closer to nature, to see and experience its excitement and its spectacles and to get in amongst its never ending stories.
Salmon, goldfinch and robin images courtesy of Stuart Scott Images
Frosted sycamore by Keith Robeson