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Philiphaugh News Spring 2019

 

The Cauld And Salmon Viewing Centre

The arrival of some 20 oyster catchers sitting on the shingle below the Murray Cauld heralded the arrival of Spring. Lambing is under way and the fields are full of young lambs skipping about and having races around the field.

 

On the River Ettrick mallard duck are paired and often only the drake is seen while the duck sits on her nest hidden in woodland or undergrowth.


Dippers are busily making a nest near the cauld. Daffodills are in bloom and the snow drops are over.


Soon leaves will start to appear on the trees and thorn blossom is already out. It is a wonderful time of the year and a walk by the river will reward you with deafening birdsong and a chance to glimpse many different species.

 

For most of March the river was high and the hydro station was running at maximum power. Levels have now fallen but a steady generation is being maintained.

 

Why not call in on the Waterwheel café and enjoy lunch or a delicious cup of coffee whilst visiting the Estate.

The Selkirk Gin Distillery, who have taken over the Old Joinery building, have produced their first batch of gin and visitors are welcome. It is a short walk from the café or drive past the Estate Office and take the first right beyond the pond. You will find a bottle of their Reiver gin a delight to taste.


Philiphaugh Gardens

Work is hectic in the gardens as the many bedding plants are being grown for sale in May. Be sure and place your order.

 

 

The gardens are open Monday to Friday 8-4 and weekends by appointment.


Walks

Why not come for a walk and witness the beautiful autumn colours. The Waterwheel café will welcome you for lunch or coffee to refresh you after your walk.

 

Mobile Phone App

To listen to our fascinating audio tour of the estate and battlefield go to www.philiphaughaudio.org

 

Battlefield Self Guided Walk

Leaflets and a booklet about the battlefield project are available from the Waterwheel Cafe.

  

Salmon DVD

A fully narrated film entitled "The Philiphaugh Salmon" showing twenty minutes worth of the best, recorded images from the salmon viewing center, will be available to purchase from the Waterwheel Restaurant.

The species included are salmon, trout, grayling, eel, perch, a brief view of an otter knocking the camera and a goosander swimming underwater below the cauld.

All proceeds will be used towards the upkeep of the centre, for the purchase of equipment, cameras and towards maintaining the facilities. The DVD is priced at £5.