“Rewilding”: A Conservation Renaissance

The term “rewilding” has become a controversial topic over the past few years. The National Farmers Union is worried it will destroy the very fabric of the countryside. While many conservationists argue it needs to be done in order to restore Britain’s lost wildlife. But what is it and what will it do to theContinue reading ““Rewilding”: A Conservation Renaissance”

The Ardnamurchan Peninsula: Day 6

On the final day, the aim was to try and see more otters and eagles, the night before had been great as usual for Pine martens with the same three coming in again. The day began as usual, a “Full Scottish” breakfast, which is essentially a Full English breakfast, but with a black pudding. EveryContinue reading “The Ardnamurchan Peninsula: Day 6”

The Ardnamurchan Peninsula: Day 5

Today was the last early morning otter search of the week, no otters, but still some Greenshank in the bay followed by a group of Goosanders. There was persistent light rain throughout the day and a light breeze. Plenty of highland midges would gather when I stood still for more than a couple of minutes.Continue reading “The Ardnamurchan Peninsula: Day 5”

The Ardnamurchan Peninsula: Day 4

Today in the morning there was no early otter search but instead an early breakfast, so we could arrive on the boat early, before the other boats were out. Sadly the first half of the boat trip was raining, so it was quite difficult to see the ripples of otters and cetaceans. However there wereContinue reading “The Ardnamurchan Peninsula: Day 4”

The Ardnamurchan Peninsula: Day 3

Overall today was far less interesting than the previous two day, which although a little disappointing, is all part of watching wildlife. The special days would never be special without the not so special days, for most of the afternoon it rained constantly until late evening. Despite seeing next to nothing when compared to theContinue reading “The Ardnamurchan Peninsula: Day 3”

The Ardnamurchan peninsula: Day 1

Yesterday I left the intensive agricultural land of England and headed far north for the west coast of Scotland, to a wild area called Ardnamurchan. I travelled all this way for a a seven day tour of the beautiful highlands, where there would be plenty of unique and interesting wildlife to see. On arrival itContinue reading “The Ardnamurchan peninsula: Day 1”

The Ardnamurchan peninsula: Day 2

Today there was another very pleasant early morning otter walk, but sadly there were none on show in the early morning. Then on the way up to breakfast, two otters were seen in the water, although I only saw one. After the excitement of seeing otters, I enjoyed a “full Scottish breakfast”, which was essentiallyContinue reading “The Ardnamurchan peninsula: Day 2”