Nature and Wildlife
Diverse and rare flora and fauna right on the doorstep
When we chose to relocate to Glenisla in 2018 we did not anticipate – even in our wildest dreams – that Cairnhill Lodge would end up being home to such an astonishing diversity of bird and animal species: some of which are very rare and highly endangered such as the Scottish wildcat.
So, over the last couple of years we have placed a great emphasis on serving and trying to protect our neighbourhood wildlife by providing habitat and regular feeding stations throughout the garden.
To date, we seen nearly 60 species of birds, including osprey, golden eagle and Scottish crossbill.
On the mammal count, we have seen 17 species so far. However, for us it’s not the number of species that’s impressive, but instead the fact that some of these are rather special: our Scottish wildcats (we’ve identified three individuals so far) are superstars and visit our purpose build feeding station every night. Also seen at the wildcat feeding station have been otters and pine martens. We have a camera trap by the feeder so capture some excellent night-time video footage. We have even recorded some excellent coverage of a Scottish wildcat meeting a hedgehog – but don’t worry, the two just ignore each other and get on with their respective suppers!
Our most recent purchase has been a bat detector and we are looking forward to sharing our findings and analysis on which species frequent the local woodlands.
A list of all wildlife observed at Cairnhill Lodge, or in the surrounding neighbourhood, can be seen here. Cairnhill Wildlife Spotted
Two male ptarmigan transitioning into winter plumage
Robin on frosty wall
Red-legged partridge in garden
Red squirrel on the bird table
Red squirrel on silver birch tree
Red squirrel hanging around the bird feeders
Hawkins the pheasant at the lodge door
Female pheasant being hand fed on window sill
Mountain hare in winter coat
Fly agaric fungus
Orange Peel Fungus
Bracket fungus on an old tree
Peacock butterfly on purple buddleia bush
Hoar frost on winter bracken stem
Wildcat feeding station with night-time camera