Since 1954 Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine on Forth, has been the home of the Scottish Police College. The College Crest depicts two Oystercatchers surrounding the Police Scotland Badge which is itself flanked by two books to signify learning.


Oystercatchers can be found throughout the Castle’s extensive grounds and their black and white plumage resembles the Police black and white checked hat band.


The College motto is Bi Glic – Bi Glic. When spoken these Gaelic words sound similar to the Oystercatcher’s cry. When translated from Gaelic, Bi Glic – Bi Glic is ‘Be Wise, Be Circumspect ‘.


As previously reported in an earlier article, Grampian Police Scotland Pipe Band played at a Scottish Police College Passing Out Parade on Friday 9th June. The following day, the Band performed at Fyvie Castle, which is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. By a spooky coincidence, while the Band was playing at the main entrance to the Castle it was noticed that in a nearby planter an Oystercatcher was nesting!! The bird remained on its nest throughout the Band’s performance and seemed completely unperturbed.


The photographs:

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The Oystercatcher keeps a watchful eye on Pipe Major Pamela Whyte.


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The Band entertains the nesting Oystercatcher.