Nature spotting at Landal Piperdam
Landal Piperdam offers everything you could wish for from a relaxing break. Surrounded by hundreds of acres of mellow Scottish countryside, the gentle waters of Piperdam Loch and a brilliant golf course, the unspoilt area is also perfect for a walk on the wild side too!
Dundee offers all kinds of wonderful wildlife, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy it than a break at Landal Piperdam. Here are a few highlights to keep an eyes out for on your break.
Scotland’s longest river flows from a small spring on Ben Lui to the tidal mouth at the Firth of Tay just south of Dundee. It may be renowned as Scotland’s most salmon rich river, but there are far more spectacular sights on offer!
Broughty Ferry on the banks of the Tay is the perfect place for dolphin spotting. Visit as the tide comes in, when the sea is choppy, or late-afternoon in the warmer months for a greater chance of seeing these gorgeous creatures.
Dundee is the only city in the UK with a native red squirrel population. Visit the Woodland Trust’s Backmuir Wood on the outskirts and you can see a thriving population of ‘reds’ under the care of a dedicated team.
Acres of secure woodland provide a perfect place for the red squirrels to rest and relax before they venture out into the wider world. Don’t forget your camera!
The urban, coastal and rural locations in Dundee make it a perfect for budding ornithologists. Birds thrive in and around Dundee, and so too do birdwatchers!
Falcons have been spotted by eagle eyed watchers in Dundee, but for a greater chance to see this beautiful bird – and maybe even the majestic golden eagle – then visit the Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve. Just 40 miles from Dundee, it’s a perfectly peaceful natural setting.
A landscape of changing sands and gorgeous heathland, Tentsmuir Nature Reserve in Tayport is an amazing place to visit, even without the added attraction of its inhabitants!
Thousands of grey seals relax on Abertay sands in Tayport during peak season. Take a short boat ride over the River Tay and you can enjoy an amazing view of its locals on the sand and in the sea.
Enjoy a twilight adventure and go bat spotting! There’s little light pollution around Landal Piperdam, so it’s perfect for spotting nocturnal wildlife. Head to wooded areas and don’t forget your torch.
The pipistrelle is the most common species, but in recent years a highly rare albino bat was spotted in Tayside.