Ruthven is a nature reserve in Strathnairn. You may see the
rare Slavonian Grebes as well as lots of interesting wildlife. Not
just animals but plants too. If you get hungry on the way to the hide
why not try the leaves of the Wood Sorrel, it tastes like gooseberries.
Another plant which is very useful to have in the Highlands is the
Bog Myrtle which helps to keep Midges away, supposedly!
When you get to the hide keep a look out for the Osprey which has
been spotted fishing over the loch. There are also lots of other kinds
of lovely wildlife to see. Farr School seniors have written letters
in support of the RSPB who are trying to get a grant to improve things.
RED BREASTED MERGANSER
The common Red Breasted Merganser lives around Farr. The Merganser
has a green head and a pure white neck and body with black stripes.
It has a duck shaped body and can grow from 52cm to 58cm. It eats
fish but to help it to chew it has a jagged bill.
When it is having a rest I think it looks like a soldier. The Red
Breasted Merganser will live near any bits of water. It lays 8-10
grey and white eggs. The young will make a croaking sound and be
fed on fish. This is quite a common bird so look for it when you
are out in the Strath and near water.