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 …
at Arbroath station…
and finally at Montrose station …
– 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.
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.