As a tour operator there is no getting away from the fact that our tours have an impact on the local environment. But we are proud to introduce a new initiative - our Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Fund.
Introducing our new conservation fund
In the last few years, Grampian Escapes and Tours have made donations to a variety of charitable organisations including the Woodland Trust, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB as part of our green policy to help protect our environment. However, we feel now is the time to bring the focus closer to home and dedicate each tour season to raising awareness and funds for a local charity that works to improve and protect the environment and wildlife in the north east of Scotland.
We have introduced our Wildlife & Habitat Conservation Fund, to take our efforts to the next level. The fund will collect donations from visitors through a voluntary £1.00 donation, that can be added to any tour booking. We will match every visitor donation at the end of the year, making every pound go further!
For 2022, we are pleased to announce we will be raising funds for the purchase of a grove of trees to be planted by the River Dee Trust as part of their efforts to restore and protect the habitat around the Dee and the spawning grounds of the Wild Atlantic Salmon.
Promoting nature and wildlife in Aberdeenshire
Part of being a tour guide is sharing with visitors the beauty that can be found in Aberdeenshire. From the mountains to the sea, Aberdeenshire has one of the most diverse landscapes in the Scotland creating spectacular habitats for a huge range of wildlife. Being able to talk about our rivers, mountains and wildlife is part of what allows visitors appreciate how special this place is.
We are incredibly lucky to have access to several impressive National Nature Reserves such as the Cairngorm National Park and Muir of Dinnet on our tours. Not forgetting the RSBP Nature Reserves we see along our North East Coast tour making it easy to include these for visitors who have a special interest in wildlife and nature. We also have wildlife identification sheets available and binoculars too for those who are determined to spot a puffin for example!
How does it work?
Donations to our wildlife and habitat conservation fund can be made at the time of the booking by adding a £1.00 voluntary donation at checkout. Our important information leaflets have a PayPal QR code through which a donation can be made, and we welcome any small change guests may wish to donate.
At the end of the year, we pledge to match those donations and gift these to our charity of choice. Each year we will identify a different, local charity whose aim is to protect our environment, promote wildlife diversity and habitat restoration efforts.
Throughout the year we will provide information and updates about our chosen charity and their work. We look forward to working with the River Dee Trust in 2022 and hope our lovely guests will join us in supporting their efforts this year.