At first sight, you are surrounded by open farmland and
a huge dune system stretching off into the distance. Nothing
much to see apart from a few rabbits
and birds. But if you
look and listen carefully, Rattray Head comes to life
and you realise you are engulfed by nature.
The sounds vary depending on the time of year, and the
time of day.
Spring at Rattray Head is the bunny season like
no other place. The fields and dunes are swarming with
tiny rabbits eagerly exploring the open spaces. They sit
in the lane wondering what on earth that big noisy four-wheeled
box is that's getting bigger and noisier as it approaches,
before that final panic and dusty scurry into their hole.
Summer months may find you listening to the wolf-like
howling of grey seals
basking on the rocks at low tide. On calm days, the song
of these seawolves carries a long way inland across the
fields, and can even be heard indoors.
Autumn and winter air carries the distinctive honking
chorus of tens of thousands of pinkfoot
geese that stay here on a break from the harsher winters
further north. Also keep an eye out for the migrating
elephants, some of
whom overwinter here and others who continue further south
for even warmer winter breaks down in England.