This year we are going to expand the availability of holiday accommodation at Bamff to include a second holiday self catering cottage, the Bamff Lodge, which will be known as the “Beaver Lodge” as it is within yards of what are probably the UK’s best beaver wetlands!
Above two beaver-made pools on the Cateran Trail we are building a beaver hide   “The Bamff Hideaway”. In recognition of the nocturnal habits of beavers and other wildlife, there will be a double bed, which will make this a wonderful “glamping” destination – off the beaten path with wood burning stove and no electricity – it will offer exceptional access for wildlife watchers and photographers.

We will also add 2 beautiful yurts on the campsite at the back of the castle in the spring.Each with their own stove, they will be available for short breaks or longer stays. Washing and extra cooking/ eating  facilities will be available within the castle’s Garden Room, as well as a campfire and barbecue out of doors for use in good weather.

Ecotours will also be on offer, as usual but more so!  Watch this space!

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What better way to learn about the secret lives of UK mammals than to use a trail camera?

Come and join us as we explore the beautiful Bamff Estate and set up trail cameras to view the secret lives of the mammals that thrive there.

We will identify field signs of species such as beaver, pine marten and otter, as well as show you how to correctly set up trail cameras for each species.

Tree eaten by beavers

This is a unique opportunity to have a fun-filled day as well as gain some practical field skills.


– Meet and greet followed by a short presentation on the natural history of the area

– First we will explore the beaver ponds and identify signs of beavers

-We will then follow the burn that flows from the beaver ponds to identify field signs of otters

-We will then search the woodland for signs of red squirrels, roe deer and the elusive pine marten

-A demonstration of how to set up a trail camera to target each species will be shown.

-The best footage from all the cameras will be sent to you around a week later

On completion of this day you will gain valuable field skills (tracking, camera trap set up) and leave with an increased knowledge in the biology of UK mammals.


About your instructor Wayne Gourlay

I am extremely passionate about wildlife in the UK and I take any opportunity to showcase this passion in an attempt to educate and inspire others.

I first learned how to set up camera traps to target species such as jaguar in the remote rainforest of Guyana. Since returning home to Scotland, I have applied these techniques in a variety of habitats to focus on a wide range of species. I have tailored my skills and spent 100s of hours in the field to identify field signs of often elusive animals. I have recently completed a degree in Zoology at the University of St. Andrews where I conducted extensive research on the limitations of camera traps.