Animal lovers are set to go wild for Glen Tanar Estate near Aboyne with the launch of two new wildlife watching activities.
Black grouse safari tours and a badger watching hide will both launch in April, giving visitors the chance to get up close and personal with the varied wildlife on the estate.
It is expected that interest in the safaris, which will take guests to some of the most remote parts of the glen, will be particularly strong as it will offer an opportunity to catch a glimpse of a bird which is believed to be one of the fastest declining species in the UK.
Glen Tanar Estate wildlife manager, Colin McLean, said: “The species is under threat so these tours are operated in a sustainable way in which the habitat of black grouse in the glen remains protected at all times.
“We are delighted to be able to offer the black grouse tours to visitors, as there are few places in Scotland like Glen Tanar where people can enjoy such a unique atmosphere of moorlands in the spring season.
“As well as driving through some of Glen Tanar’s stunning scenery and watching these magnificent birds in their natural habitat, visitors will be able to see some of the rare species of flora and fauna that flourish on the estate.”
The hide is located in a quiet spot often frequented by badgers, and the rangers encourage them into the clearing by laying out peanuts and other favourite snacks.
Guests are able to watch these notoriously elusive creatures from the comfort of the hide, and may also catch a glimpse of some other wildlife while they watch in secret.