Win a once in a lifetime experience in the Cairngorms! This prize includes a three nights stay for two people in the 'Woodman's Hut', part of the Lazy Duck's eco lodge in Nethy Bridge, from the 10-13 June 2022*. Your weekend will be filled with behind-the-scenes activities on our famous Abernethy and Insh Marshes nature reserves.
Discover the ambitious Cairngorms Connect conservation project; learn about the habitats and species of our flagship Abernethy nature reserve; and have a close encounter with wading birds during a dawn walk with RSPB Scotland's Curlew Project Officer.
Friday 10 June 2022 –
- Arrival at Lazy Duck. Stay in the award winning Woodman’s Hut.
Saturday 11 June 2022–
Discover Abernethy National Nature Reserve and the ground-breaking Cairngorms Connect conservation project.
- Breakfast at Lazy Duck.
- Meet and greet at 2pm at Abernethy National Nature Reserve.
- Learn about the rare invertebrates living in Abernethy Forest with an RSPB Scotland guide.
- Dinner at Abernethy National Nature Reserve. Presentation on Abernethy & Cairngorms Connect by Abernethy Site Manager.
- Meet after dinner for a dusk safari on Abernethy reserve.
Sunday 12 June –
Discover our Insh Marshes reserve for an exceptional wading birds walk and finish the day with a grouse-themed whisky tasting.
- Early start! Meet at Insh Marshes with Curlew Project Officer for a walking safari to explore the species and habitats of this wonderful reserve. Wildlife highlights could include: curlew, goldeneye and osprey!
- Return to Lazy Duck for breakfast.
- 4x4 tour of RSPB Scotland Abernethy with an expert guide. You’ll be collected from your accommodation and taken on a journey to explore one of the only landscapes that is home to all four UK native grouse species – and taste some Famous Grouse whisky inspired by this habitat.
Monday 13 June –
- Breakfast at Lazy Duck.
- Check out from Lazy Duck at 10am.
*The dates cannot be changed.
The Nature of Scotland Awards recognise the very best in Scottish nature conservation. It's a celebration of the inspirational people, projects, groups, and organisations working hard to protect Scotland’s precious natural heritage. And it's your opportunity to support RSPB Scotland's work and experience Scotland's exceptional environment for yourself.
Not long ago, a major UN report by the world’s leading climate scientists (the IPCC report) delivered the stark message that human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways. Some of the recent extreme weather events around the world, including heatwaves, wildfires and flooding, remind us that climate change is not a future problem, but is already unfolding around us. We are not just facing a climate emergency but a nature and climate emergency, a twin crisis that must be tackled as one.
Scotland, a country world-famous for its wildlife and landscapes, was recently found to be one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. Whilst much of this loss of nature is historical, we are still losing nature now: since 1970 half of our species have declined, with one in nine at risk of national extinction.
We need to act now, or it may soon be too late to save some of our precious creatures and habitats. Will you help RSPB Scotland to protect our wonderful environment?
- The prize draw is open to all UK residents [aged 18 years or over], except employees of the community fundraising team of RSPB Scotland, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw. Proof of age may be requested. If you want to support the campaign and are not a resident of United Kingdom you can simply donate to RSPB Scotland here.
- Each £5 donation will act as one entry into the prize draw. You can purchase ticket bundles for a greater chance to win the prize as many times as you’d like. Each ticket equals one chance to win but there is only one prize to win.
- The prize draw is free to enter and no purchase is necessary. You can also enter this draw for free, without pledging, by sending a stamped and addressed postcode with your name, address and contact telephone number to: RSPB Scotland 2 Lochside View, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh, EH12 9DH. One envelope counts for one entry. Postcard entries must be received prior to the closure of the prize draw at 23:59 on Wednesday 15th December 2021 to be entered.
- The prize draw will open to the public at 00:01 on Thursday 18th November and close at 23:59 on Wednesday 15th December, and the winner will be randomly selected through a draw performed by a computer process on 17/12/21. Entries received after this time will not be valid. Attendants to the Nature of Scotland Awards 2021 will get early access to the prize draw on Wednesday 17th November.
- The winner will receive a three-night stay, for two people, at the Woodman’s hut at the Lazy Duck in Nethy Bridge with conservation activities included.
- The winner and their guest agree to take part in any reasonable post-prize draw publicity with RSPB Scotland if required.
- The prize can only accommodate a maximum of 2 people.
- The prize does not include any transport to and from accommodation and activities, apart for the whisky tasting activity where guests will be picked up at Lazy Duck. The winner will be expected to provide its own vehicle for all other activities.
- The date of the prize stay is set from Friday 10th June to Monday 13th June 2022 and cannot be amended.
- The activities will take place in the Cairngorms National Park, so we recommend that you wear comfortable footwear and appropriate clothing.
- RSPB Scotland does not guarantee the prize winner will see any of the species stated in the description above – nature is not always predictable.
- Fulfilment of any elements of the prize will be subject to any UK Government restrictions regarding Covid-19 in force at the relevant time.
We spend 90% of net income on conservation, public education and advocacy. The RSPB is registered with the Fundraising Regulator, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and the Direct Marketing Association.