Grangemouth's Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre reopens to public

The Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre in Grangemouth has reopened for the first time since the country went into lockdown.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust, which runs the visitor centre, opened the doors to members of the public yesterday.

Its Montrose Basin Visitor Centre in Angus and Falls of Clyde Visitor Centre at New Lanark are also back in business.

A number of measures, including Perspex screens and one-way systems, have been introduced at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre to help maintain social distancing.

Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre in Grangemouth marked its 25th anniversary in 2017. Picture: Michael Gillen.

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    The Wood Street centre’s opening hours are Tuesday to Thursday, 10am-4.30pm.

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    Scruffy moorhen chicks, as well as the resident grey heron stalking its prey, are also notable highlights.

    Ruchir Shar, director of external affairs at the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said: “Over lockdown we have all become very aware of the importance and benefits of connecting with nature.

    “After lots of hard work to ensure it is safe to reopen we’re thrilled to be welcoming people back to our visitor centres, where they can experience and learn about Scotland’s incredible wildlife.

    “Late summer is a fantastic time to come to our visitor centres. Wildflower meadows are buzzing with bees and butterflies, and a huge array of birdlife can be seen both in the woods and on the water.

    “As autumn approaches we can look forward to amazing displays of colour in the woodlands and the return of wintering birds, including the spectacular gathering of tens of thousands of pink-footed geese on Montrose Basin.”

    For more information and bookings, click here.

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