Friends of Kailzie Wildlife. The objectives of the group are to develop and create opportunities for the wider public to experience the exceptional wildlife in and around the upper Tweed Valley in the Scottish Borders by providing wildlife viewing and interpretation facilities, training and educational programmes and wildlife-themed events. We will achieve this by delivering a visitor experience unique in the Scottish Borders by creating a centre of excellence for wildlife-focused tourism. Innovations include:
• year-round HD CCTV cameras for viewing wildlife in its natural habitats
• employing a full-time Project Officer to co-ordinate and provide activities and promote wildlife focused tourism in the region
• wildlife-themed community training & education programmes
• field-based youth activities specialising in wildlife encounters
• annual “Wildlife Festival” to showcase the area’s rich natural heritage
Tweed Valley Osprey Project began developing two new osprey watch centres at Kailzie Gardens and Glentress, near Peebles in 2003/4. Cameras were set up on an artificial nesting platform, and the first images of the nest were beamed back in April 2004. More recently, high definition cameras have been installed, giving very high quality pictures from the nest. The project is a partnership between Forestry Commission Scotland, Kailzie Gardens and RSPB, with support from Scottish Natural Heritage.