City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

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Exclusive wildlife garden beside Edinburgh Castle opens this weekend only


By Editor - Posted on 23 June 2010

Exclusive wildlife garden beside Edinburgh Castle opens this weekend only
 
 
This Saturday (26 June 2010) from 10 am to 4 pm, an exclusive wildlife garden which is usually restricted for public access will open its doors to Edinburgh locals and visitors to offer a chance to explore a hidden wildlife oasis in the heart of the city which offers fantastic views of Edinburgh Castle. 
 
Tucked away at the top of the Patrick Geddes steps which run between Johnston Terrance and the Grassmarket, Johnston Terrace, the smallest of 123 wildlife reserves managed by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, is teaming with urban wildlife including frogs, bumblebees and butterflies, bird species including grey herons and blue tits, and many plant and tree species too. 
 
Julian Warman, Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Reserve Manager for the Edinburgh area, said:  “Johnston Terrace was first created as a place for urban wildlife by Scottish Wildlife Trust in 1982 and today it is a real gem within our historic city. 
 
“The reserve is a great place to spot wildlife and a visit can help inform wildlife gardeners about the best ways and methods to manage a city centre garden to attract wildlife and help it thrive.  Equally, if you are just passing by, it provides a beautiful setting to relax and enjoy some green surroundings.
 
“Unfortunately, every-day access is restricted to this site so I would urge the public to make the time and pop along on Saturday to explore our little pocket of urban wildlife.”
 
With over 35,000 supporters, SWT is the largest voluntary organisation dedicated to the protection of all of Scotland’s wildlife.  For more information or to become a member, visit www.swt.org.uk.   
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Scottish Wildlife Trust
Protecting Scotland's wildlife for the future
Visit our website at www.swt.org.uk