Family fun for John Muir Day

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve is celebrating the first-ever John Muir Day in Scotland with plenty of family fun on Sunday.

John Muir was a Scottish-born American naturalist, often regarded as the father of national parks for his determination to safeguard areas of wild land, including the Yosemite Valley and Sequoia National Park. He was also an accomplished author whose writings of his adventures with nature have touched and inspired millions of people all over the world.

To mark the Year of Natural Scotland, this first-ever John Muir Day, celebrating the 175th anniversary of his birth, takes place on April 21 with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) holding a programme of events across Scotland to commemorate his understanding and love for the wilderness.

SNH is holding a family-fun guided walk at Morton Lochs in Tentsmuir called, “Going to the woods is coming home.” Join the reserve staff for two hours to explore the trails around the lochs as the search is on for two of the Big 5 species – otter and red squirrel. There’s also more detective work in store, as participants hunt for photos of John Muir, John Berry, red squirrels and the elusive otter along the trails.

Tom Cunningham, Tentsmuir reserve manager, said: “This is a great afternoon outing for the whole family, with a chance to learn about wildlife and take part in fun activities. It’s also a wonderful way to celebrate one of world’s most celebrated naturalists, whose love of nature was born in Scotland.”

Numbers will be limited, so phone Tom Cunningham on 01382 553704 for details and book a place.

Tentsmuir National Nature Reserve (NNR) near Tayport boasts constantly moving sand at the edge of the sea to the colourful dune heathland. Seals haul themselves out of the water to watch the world go by, while hungry birds fill up on the rich mix of food hidden in the mudflats.