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Winter Beaver Safari

As the chances of seeing the beavers are slimmer over the winter, this trip takes us on the trail of the European beaver where we visit amazing beaver dams, beaver ponds, chewed trees and beaver tracks and trails. We will spend half an hour sitting by the beaver ponds at the end of the tour so wrap up warmly, but we can’t guarantee their appearance.

We’ll also tell the story of the history of beavers in Scotland, how they re-appeared in Perthshire and why they are so important to the ecology of our rivers and wetlands. This is a great trip for families as everyone can collect their own beaver chips and beaver-chewed sticks!

We run this tour on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon/ evening during the winter and can run a private tour for you if these days aren’t convenient.

Riverbank Beaver Safari

Woman watching for beavers through binoculars

Experience the evening wildlife on one of Perthshire’s loveliest rivers in spring or summer (mid April to mid September). This is the best time to easily see the wild-living beaver families in Perthshire and makes an excellent gift (so we are told!).

We meet near Blairgowrie and take a short drive close to the river. We have a 15 minute walk to the water, during which you will find out about the history of beavers in Scotland, their life story, how they re-appeared in Perthshire and why they are so important to the ecology of our rivers. We will do a bit of riverside foraging too! Although we can never guarantee wildlife sightings, we have a 95-100% success rate of seeing the beavers on this trip. We also have regular sightings of kingfishers and occasional otter appearances!

We run this safari on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings and can run a private tour for you if these days aren’t convenient.

Half-Day Beaver Safari

Beaver swimming in a river with only the top half of his exposed

This trip visits a wonderful location where beavers have built a series of amazing dams and we can easily see how they have changed the surroundings to produce wildlife-rich wetlands. We spend the first half of the evening on a walk to see all these changes in the environment and the second half sitting by the beaver pools, watching the beavers swimming, feeding, grooming and even dam repairing if we are lucky!

This is a great trip to learn all about the history of beavers in Scotland, their life story, how they re-appeared in Perthshire and why they are so important to the ecology of our rivers and wetlands. Although we can never guarantee wildlife sightings, we have a 95-100% success rate of seeing the beavers on this trip.

We run this safari on Thursday afternoon/ evenings and can run a private tour for you if these days aren’t convenient .

Beaver Safari by Canoe – as featured on Countryfile & Great Coastal Railway Journeys

We have teamed up with local canoeing experts with 30 years experience to deliver this tour, which takes place on a beautiful section of the River Tay near Aberfeldy. This is an ideal way to get close to wildlife with minimal disturbance and we usually see a variety of bird life as well as the local beaver lodge, beaver trails, evidence of feeding and hopefully the beavers themselves. Meeting in Aberfeldy at 6/6.30pm, the Beaver Safari by Canoe includes canoeing instruction, your canoe, buoyancy aid & equipment, guiding by your wildlife guide and a wee beaver memento!

We are running the canoe tours mainly on Saturdays this year on the following dates:

May 10

June 8 & 22

July 6 & 20

Aug 3 & 17

Sep 7 & 14

swanbelfast
5 star rating
03/04/24
A Fantastic Experience and a Memorable Evening I came across Perthshire Wildlife on Google Search and immediately made email contact with Daniele. This was a much longed for trip as we had wanted to see a wild Scottish Beaver for quite a while now. From the minute I made contact with Daniele, confirmed our travel dates and arrangements, to meeting her in person, and then saying goodbye, I cannot praise Daniele enough. My husband and I visit Perthshire a few times a year from our home in Northern Ireland. This time we travelled by bus and train from Glasgow Airport and so had no car. Daniele picked us up at our hotel last Saturday afternoon, and took us past beautiful countryside to a river beyond rural Blairgowrie. Daniele knowledgeably explained to us about the Beavers, their habitat, food likes and their Winter and Summer lodges. As we settled down on our rug at the river's edge with our binoculars, opposite their Winter Lodge to quietly wait for them, almost immediately a young adult Beaver came in to view (Daniele explained about the young kits staying with their parents for 2 years), and glided/swam for a few seconds in front of us. It was a wow moment for my husband and I; a wild Scottish beaver right in front of us, clearly visible without binoculars PRICELESS. Despite the rain coming on for a wee bit, our mood remained buoyant as we saw flashes of blue from kingfishers, and heard pheasants calling in the fields behind us. After a wee while, all was quiet from the Beavers and Daniele with her expert knowledge and instinct, moved us down to another location on the river which she said was their Summer Lodge. The rain had stopped and as dusk started to fall we could clearly make out movement on the other side of the bank yes more Beavers. For the remainder of our time there, we saw them clearly swimming about as they gnawed on fallen tree branches. A big adult Beaver slowly glided past us, fully stretched, then paddle splashed with that enormous tail. An inquisitive one swam right up to the river bank edge just in front of us and we could clearly see his/her eyes and ears .unforgettable. Sadly the falling darkness meant we had to leave our Beaver friends and we made our way back up the fields to Daniele's car. Daniele opened a bottle of single malt Whiskey and my husband and I had a wee dram to toast the Beavers and finish off what had been a fantastic night. We are indebted to Daniele for looking after us so well. Her passion and love for Beavers shines out of her and I could listen to her all night. She is a genuine expert on Beavers and wildlife in general. On our way back to our hotel, Daniele carefully drove around toads on the country lanes and we saw roe deer crossing the road. What an end to our special evening. It will remain in our memories for years to come, and we have recounted that wonderful experience to our family and friends now that we are back home. I thoroughly recommend Perthshire Wildlife and our indebted thanks and gratitude to Daniele for looking after us so well. A truly remarkable and much enjoyed experience. You have made us so very happy. Thanks Daniele from Sharon and Brian McCloy.
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Footprints816744
5 star rating
25/01/24
A special place all land owners should aspire to. Had a lovely time at Bamff Beaver Safari last
Saturday. Totally relaxing, chilling and informative visit. Guide was so enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable.
I was accompanied by a small hen party, who were lovely company, what a great alternative celebration.
Highly recommend. Even a wee toast to welcome the Beavers back to Scotland and a bit of Shortbread.
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Caz A
5 star rating
24/01/24
Fantastic! Absolutely brilliant tour, what incredible creatures beavers are! Danièle is really knowledgeable and taught us and showed us loads about these great animals.
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Colin C
5 star rating
07/01/24
10/10 Beaver (& Otter) Tour My wife and I drove to Alyth to meet our tour guide. She was prompt and cheerful, depsite some rainy weather, and we proceeded to follow her in our car to a Beaver sanctuary where we were given expert information on the lifecycle, environment and ecological impact of the Beaver in Scotland and around the world. We then drove off to a local river, which was fairly easy to get to (via a short rek through some fields). The guide was also a bat expert, and showed us her equipment to detect the bats' sonar and to differentiate the species via the feedback on the detector. We sat beside the river upstream from a small weir, or waterfall, next to a submerged Beaver dam. We almost immediately saw an Otter, and then proceeded to see numerous Beavers swimming past us as, mere meteres away, which we got a great look at and made some lovely photographs and memories. It is a quiet spot and so there is no difficulty finding Beavers here. Our guide, Jean, was friendly, extremely knowledgeable, and it was a totaly privelege to be on this wonderful tour. I hope to make this tour again one day when we return to Scotland in the future.
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