When the prizes for last academic year’s University Birdwatch Challenge were announced, I discovered I was the runner up for the “Best Student Birder” and that myself and the winner David (from Reading Univsersity) had won a trip to Shetland as a result. As I said in a previous blog post, Scotland is one place I’d always wanted to visit so you can understand how excited I was when I found out! The slight downside is missing 6 days of uni, but I know with hard work I’ll be able to keep up with my studies – plus Shetland is a birder’s paradise in October!
We were told that the trip was free, except for travelling up to Aberdeen (where the ferry port is) and food for the week so we began the long journey up North today…
As we headed north past Birmingham and beyond, the views became spectacular, especially as I’d rarely spent time up north! It certainly is rather different to South Hampshire. The final train journey, along the East Coast of Scotland was also full of breath taking views of the rolling countryside and Coast. Highlights of the trip so far include Red Kites – around Reading – 2 Seals & a flock of Common Eider.
Im going to try and do almost daily updates as I suspect we’ll see a lot!