Grampian Escapes and Tours

Supporting Wildlife in Aberdeenshire

Red Squirrels are protected species

A new tour season and a new opportunity to support the wildlife in our beautiful Aberdeenshire.

Our charity for 2023 is The North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Center

Last year we introduced our Wildlife and Habitat Support Fund to increase our efforts to support nature and wildlife charities which protect and restore the landscape and environment in our beautiful Scotland. 

Through donations from our lovely visitors to our own fundraising we were successful in purchasing a grove of trees from the River Dee Trust.  These trees are planted near Loch Muick in Deeside and will grow to protect the river habitat and increase plant and animal diversity in the area.  This year our support will go toward The New Arc and their incredible work caring for injured wildlife.

The North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre

The New Arc is the largest wildlife rescue centre in the North of Scotland. The charity, based near Ellon, takes in large numbers of orphaned or injured wildlife every year from all over the North East of Scotland.

Since The New Arc was founded in 2006, the centre has rescued and rehabilitated over 16,000 animals and birds.  The sparrowhawk in the image was rescued in February this year with an injured shoulder. It is suspected she hit a window when chasing her prey.

The New Arc operates every day of the year, providing assistance for wildlife emergencies, and has regular opening hours to provide non-emergency animal support.

Rescued Sparrow Hawk at The NEW ARC
Sparrowhawk @thenewarc

Community Support

The rescue centre is managed by a handful of dedicated volunteers and Paul Reynolds and Morgane Ristic, who took over the management of the centre earlier this year.

Top on their list at this time of the year is building new enclosures for the animals brought to the centre.  Thankfully the local community and friends of New Arc answer the call with not only financial support but practical support too.  Helping to build boxes, perches and completing the day to day tasks required to look after animals in their care. 

We are delighted to add our support to this charity and will report at the end of the tour season what we have been able to do for New Arc this year.  Visitors who are booking tours with us directly can add a voluntary £1.00 contribution to their booking which will be matched by us.  We also happily accept donations in person for the Wildlife and Habitat Fund.

If you would like to follow their story, follow their Instagram page or Facebook page for regular updates .

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Jacqueline van den Akker

Jacqueline van den Akker

Jacqueline is the owner and lead guide for the business. Together with the team, they create wonderful tours and experiences for visitors working in collaboration with other independent business in Aberdeenshire to show the best of the Northeast of Scotland.

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