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I am just back from the Nature of Scotland Awards at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh where we had been shortlisted in the Community Initiatives for our Ponds for Puddocks/ Tayside Ponds project. It was a brilliant night – very glitzy, which makes a real change from muddy wellies and waterproofs – and it was lovely to meet other people working on conservation projects across the country. Not to mention the delicious bubbly! I had a bit of a headache the following morning.

We didn’t win an an award this year – it was wonderful just to get through to the finals – but have been advised to enter the Innovation Awards next year! So watch this space…….

Other news – I have uploaded a short presentation I did for the Aberdeen Scottish Wildlife Trust group earlier in the year. It’s about beavers and ecotourism and has some nice videos of the beavers on the river and the wildflowers we see there. It’s only about 10 mins long and can be seen here. It does make me long for sunny, birdsong-filled summer evenings.
Our beaver canoe safaris on the River Tay with Beyond Adventure have been really successful again this year. There were only two trips where we didn’t see the beavers, and on the last tour of the season in early October, blogger Kathi Kamleitner from Wild for Scotland came out with us to experience the joy of beaver-spotting from the canoe. She was really pleased to see two beavers on the trip and said she had a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Listen to her podcast here: 
Much as I hate the consumer-driven race that is Christmas, I will put in a link to our gift vouchers which we sell via Gift Up. These are valid for a year and we have had them purchased as birthday, Christmas and even wedding presents! Sadly we have had to put our prices up for the first time in five years, but I hope people still find the beaver tours a wonderful experience which is good value for money.