Nature on Track in Tayside

John Rayson playing at Perth Station, 29 May 2010

John Rayson playing at Perth Station, 29 May 2010

John Rayson and I discovered the delights of Tayside this weekend. We were invited to take part in the Tayside Biodiversity Festival, and to launch the Nature on Track leaflet.

The Nature on Track initiative encourages passengers on the ScotRail trains between Perth and Montrose to look out for the amazing variety of wildlife to be seen along the route.

We began on  Platform 2 of Perth railway station, where John got out his viola, and played – to rounds of applause from surprised travellers!

I joined in with my poems, and off we went, entertaining all-comers both on and off the trains.

We performed at Carnoustie station …

Anneliese at Carnoustie Station for Nature on Track, 29 May 2010

Anneliese at Carnoustie Station for Nature on Track, 29 May 2010

at Arbroath station…

John Rayson and Catherine Lloyd of Tayside Biodiversity Partnership

John Rayson and Catherine Lloyd of Tayside Biodiversity Partnership

and finally at Montrose station …

Anneliese with John Rayson and John Yellowlees of ScotRail

Anneliese with John Rayson and John Yellowlees of ScotRail

– and on the trains inbetween each of these.

What I found particularly moving was the range of people we made contact with – all ages, disabled and able-bodied, and different nationalities, including children who had no English but who were entranced by John’s music, and could join in with ‘bzzzing’ sounds and actions.

On Sunday we were edu-taining visitors to the fabulous Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust. There we performed our Buzzing! show to two very enthusiastic audiences.

Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

Montrose Basin Visitor Centre

Nature very near the track at Montrose Station

Nature very near the track at Montrose Station

If you haven’t been to Tayside, or to the Montrose Basin Visitor Centre, I recommend booking your rail ticket now! It’s a stunningly beautiful area, with an enormously wide variety of wildlife to be seen.

A big Thank You to Catherine Lloyd of Tayside Biodiversity Partnership, to John Yellowlees of ScotRail, and Scott O’Hara of Montrose Basin Visitor Centre for their assistance and support before and during the events.

Anneliese Emmans Deaninfo@theBigBuzz.bizwww.theBigBuzz.biz

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2 thoughts on “Nature on Track in Tayside

  1. Lovely to hear from you – and to read about your green poetry on your blog. As you’re based in Edinburgh, you may like to know we’ll be performing our award-winning eco-poetry show Buzzing! as part of the Fringe from 9-14 August, at the Royal Botanic Garden. It would be great to see you there! Find out more at http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on (and search for Buzzing!)
    Best
    Anneliese

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