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Scottish Wildlife Compilation

A selection of trail camera clips and the odd close encounter with our local fauna.

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Hedgehog in the Garden

Pleased to say I’ve just captured plentiful amounts of hedgehog footage on my remote camera, having not seen a live one in my home region since 2007.  After glimpsing it briefly in my parents garden a few days ago during the afternoon, I put out some wet cat food for it on the patio, in the hope of seeing it up close.  Being naturally nocturnal, seeing it at this time indicates that it’s probably suffering from an illness, although it’s not lost its appetite and is moving around normally.  It looks a tad underweight, however, it’s likely to be a juvenile and will not have yet reached its optimum size.  Having mated during May and June, now is the time when the offspring move out from their nest to find their own territory.

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Hollow Arguments From Rewilding Opponents

Today’s musing comes from having watched a commendably substantial news feature about the notion of rewilding on Britain’s Channel 4 news yesterday evening.  One argument voiced during the discussion against the ecological restoration ethos was:  why are we talking about reintroducing species that have become extinct when so many of our current species are endangered?  Won’t this be detrimental to our existing flora and fauna?  Should we not concentrate on conserving these creatures instead?  This is a point of view I’ve been hearing more and more recently from those opposing the rewilding plans, and I think it completely misses the point; as the rewilding movement serves to address the very issues that have led to the neglect of our native wildlife. Continue reading Hollow Arguments From Rewilding Opponents

THE DEMISE OF THE HEDGEHOG

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Back in the 1950s their population across Britain was thought to be over 36 million.  Most recent estimations put their numbers at barely 1 million and all indications point towards an ongoing, sharp decline.  So what’s causing this and what can be done to reverse the trend?

Well, carrying out a nationwide census would be a good start, as to my knowledge one has never been carried out.  The rewilding of gardens would help, making them less manicured and pesticide-free to entice beetles, caterpillars, slugs and snails back; and more accessible by removing fences and gates.  As there name suggests, hedgerows are a key habitat for them and we’ve removed or depleted a staggering 200,000 miles of hedges since the Second World War, primarily to make way for intensive farming and housing.  Extreme fragmentation of their habitat has had a drastic effect on their survival rates, as it’s brought them into closer contact with their two main predators- badgers and domestic cats.

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THE WILDLIFE OF LISMORE

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I spent four glorious days nature-spotting on the Scottish island of Lismore last week, and the location lived up to its reputation for being a hidden gem for wildlife.  Situated in the Inner Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland, with Mull to the south-west and the Isle of Jura to the south, it has a very fertile, lush landscape which hosts a surprising level of bio-diversity, given that it covers little more than nine square miles.  You’ll find evidence of this in some of my photos below.

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