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In early Autumn heather flowers still retain a hint of their August glory and on sunny days scotch argus butterflies are still on the wing. The colder nights hasten the arrival of the Autumn colours that Perthshire is so well known for, views from the summit across the surrounding countryside can show these at their best. A common autumn sight is skeins of geese overhead as they arrive from Scandinavia to spend the coming Winter in Scotland.

On a Winter visit you can easily find yourself alone at the summit, with views to the surrounding snow capped hills or an icy looking Loch Faskally below. If lucky you may be joined by a raven croaking overhead.

The views of the surrounding countryside in the Spring provide a good contrast between the dark green conifer woods and the deciduous woods with their fresh green growth. Look up for buzzards soaring overhead and in May look down on a sunny day for the small green hairstreak butterflies.

Craigower’s sunny south facing slope is locally important for butterflies, with 14 species recorded. A sunny day in July and August can see clouds of scotch argus. The warm slopes also benefit common lizards for whom a safe refuge called a hibernaculum has been specially constructed. You will find three types of heather in flower by high Summer, the more common ling as well as bell heather and crossed leaved heath.
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Craigower is locally important for butterflies, with fourteen species recorded, including the Green Hairstreak in spring and Scotch Argus in the late summer

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