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WILDLIFE


In the cottage garden
Together, Ardnamurchan and Sunart occupy approximately 50 sq miles in which there are only 2000 human inhabitants: so it's no surprise that this is home to thousands of birds, animals and plants - including some very rare UK species.

Pride of place must go to the Pine Marten which is a resident in Glen Hurich and regularly seen in the garden. The BBC chose this location to capture their footage of this rare UK species for Autumn Watch.  It is a wildlife photographer's paradise.  Badgers also visit the garden on most nights.  

Other mammals to look out for include Red Deer,  Roe Deer, Otters and Red Squirrels.

The bird life is pretty spectacular too; White Tailed Sea Eagles around Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart,  Golden Eagles in Glen Hurich, coveys of Ptarmigan on the high mountains, Buzzards and other raptors, Crossbills, Gold Crests and the possibility of Crested Tits in the forests. 

Many varieties of birds frequent the garden and immediate area such as Chaffinch, Great Tit, Bluetit, Coal Tit, Goldfinch, Wren, Robin, Blackbird, Thrush, Redwing, Siskin, and Woodpecker,
There is often a fly past by the local Barn Owl.  In the hills nearby a pair of Raven can be  heard sounding  the alert to the presence of the Buzzard.

The many fresh and sea water lochs offer a different bird watching experience with lots more species to look out for.

The sea at Loch Sunart could be the start of a real maritime adventure - where otters and seals are regularly spotted. Trips from Ardnamurchan search for minke whales, basking sharks, dolphin, porpoise, sunfish and even orca. 
                                                     
In this unpolluted, unhurried and uncrowded environment there's so much to see - rare butterflies, rare plants, mosses and lichens - the list is endless.  


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