This region of western Scotland is arguably the most bio-diverse location for mammals in the United Kingdom. The main aim of the trip was simple: to photograph and film wild pine martens at close quarters; but the chances of getting the opportunity to do this are usually remote. However, I’d heard of a cottage that was featured on the BBC Wildlife series, Hebrides – Islands on the Edge, showing someone feeding wild pine martens. This was too good an opportunity to miss. So a few clicks of a mouse later and I’d found the charming bed and breakfast accommodation of Camus na Choirk. The website promised daily evening visits at the window from these elusive mustelids- sounded too good to be true.
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.