With all their collections telling tales, the new look of the National Museum of Scotland unveils a display of animals which will be considered a major attraction once it reopens in July. Though the highlights of the Museum are the paintings, sculptures and the graphic arts, this new feature would be a great hit among the visitors. Reopening after a £46.4 million overhaul, the Museum that showcases the Natural World section will include the evolution, diversity and the various capabilities of the animal species and also depicts the extinction of species through natural or man-made causes.
Vast number of new collections in the old Royal Museum building will be accessed through a revamped grand gallery which has an 18 metre tall with a “Window on the world Feature” that consists of 800 objects from the museum’s collection. Exhibiting tons of creatures flying, swimming, gliding and floating among other 44 new exhibits, the collections in the Natural World section will be of major benefit to the public.
It is not alone the wildlife panorama that will be depicted in the museum but also stories about Scotland and the Scots, their prehistoric developments to their travel to the 20th century. The fully reopened Museum next month will brandish the story of the place, its cultural, political and also the natural world with its 20, 000 items.
Reflecting the natural habitat with the many galleries, these new features will surely fascinate families, tourists and children of all ages.
Cairngorms National Park which is UK’s biggest national has now expanded with an extra 282 square miles into Scotland and, hundreds more people included within the boundaries.
An addition of Highland Perthshire and Glenshee now shares the boundary with Cairngorms National Park, which now covers 6 per cent of Scotland. Now, the park is twice the size of parks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs and the Lake District.
The official extension has now put an end to the long-running battle by those in Perthshire who felt they were wrongly omitted from the park when it was set up in 2003.
Residents now hope the new status will bring environmental and economic benefits of the kind outlined in a new study published yesterday. This shows the Cairngorms National Park gained 855 residents in its first four years and now has 13 per cent more businesses.
All the walkers are welcome to the Scenic Scotland region of Lochs. You can enjoy spectacular scenery and at the same time walk along these beauty routes. The fresh water Loch Katrine near Stirling is a picture perfect place for a stroll along the water.
Although it takes a medium difficulty, this beautiful lane lies parallel to nearly seven miles of the North and West shore. It takes you around four and half hours or more to complete the walk. Starting off from the car park at the Trossachs pier, this walk can be combined with a beautiful sail down the loch on the steamer.
Moving over to Scotland’s east coast and you will find the 13 mile Earlsferry to Crail walk. A flat walk from Earlsferry-former royal burgh of Fife, allows you to take in the coastline views as it passes through Pittenweem and St. Monans before you reach in Crail. This charming fishing village in the east coast Riviera is the perfect place to relax at the end of your afternoon.
If you would rather take in some of Scotland’s more rural settings without tackling the Munros then the Rannoch Moor walk is the perfect alternative. This walk, which is part of the West Highland Way, allows you to enjoy one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe and walk the day away in the peaceful surroundings.
Sea fareres can adventure on Oban waters by taking a boat trip. Oban a town in Scotland, has beautiful scenery that can be enjoyed on a trip in boat. You can spot all sorts of birds, sea mammals and wildlife which is otherwise not possible from the land.
If you take the boat tour in any particular season, you will come across rare species of birds and mammals. There are various tours from Oban, taking visitors on a journey round the Argyll waters, where they have the chance to spot all sorts of wildlife. If you are happen to be around in a place called Easdale, a point 13 miles south of Oban, here the main thrust of the business is to take wildlife tours down to the gulf of Corry reckan, which is home to the world’s third largest whirlpool.
And as most tours are taken place from spring to early winter, visitors get the chance to spot all sorts of different animals through the seasons – as well as the spectacular whirlpools which are created by the tides in the early part of the year.
The whole area of Argyll waters comes under European special area of conservation and this is one of the main reason that the visitors enjoy fresh and good seafood.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust(WWT) found in a recent research that there are growing fears of Polar Bears preying on the eggs of barnacle geese who migrate to the Solway Firth in Scotland each winter.
The bears have turned to the eggs after being stranded on land in the summer months as a result of diminishing ice. And, the centre have recorded an increase in the polar bear activity while monitoring a barnacle goose colony on the Arctic island of Svalbard. If the situation continues bird numbers could be devastated, the researchers worried.
Barnacle goose Barnacle goose numbers have risen dramatically over the past 60 years. But the polar bears are now capable of diminishing there numbers by eating more than 1,000 eggs at one sitting.
Of more than 500 nests on the island, fewer than 40 were successful and most of them had very small clutch sizes of only one or two gosling. The geese are very long-lived birds and their survival rate is increased if they don’t actually breed, especially the females.
Zoologists says that if their breeding continues to be affected in this way the population will quickly age, which threatens its stability and the future conservation of this bird which is very special to WWT.
The entire population of Svalbard barnacle geese winter on the Solway Firth and return to breed in the Arctic each summer.