Wild animals in Scotland

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7 years 2 months ago #40662 by Joerg Yoki
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Wild lynx could be allowed to roam the Scottish countryside for the first time in almost 1,000 years under plans by a group of leading wildlife experts.
The Lynx could be reintroduced to the West Coast of Scotland.

Link to article with pictures: www.telegraph.co.uk/earth...ountryside.html



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7 years 2 months ago #40663 by saorsa
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Interesting article Joerg. It would be great to see the reintroduction of extinct species but might be quite unpopular with certain people.
Got to agree it would be better seeing cash go into saving the Scottish wildcat before looking at bringing back the lynx.
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7 years 2 months ago #40664 by Joerg Yoki
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Yes Scott, today the evidence suggests less than 100 Scottish wildcats remain in the wild of the Highlands.

I think enough room for all.

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7 years 2 months ago #40665 by crackadog
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I think there is a captive breeding programme intended to swell the wild cat numbers. This is on the Alladale estate where there are quite a few "wilderness" plans. Not all the plans are welcomed by the local populace though. They have a website if you wanted to explore it.. Just Google Alladale Wilderness Reserve.
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7 years 2 months ago #40669 by WendyS
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Hi Joerg
Some beavers have been re-introduced near us in Knapdale on the west coast of Argyll, in Scotland. The first ones were released a few years ago and have been breeding. The local paper said that 5 kits have been seen this year so far. Although we have not seen the beavers we have seen one of the damns that they have built. It is an amazing piece of engineering.
There have been a few local people who are against the project but the majority are in favour. I don't know how they would feel about large carnivors though.
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7 years 2 months ago #40670 by saorsa
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I see beavers regularly here on the east coast when I'm fishing.
They've "escaped" from private collections.
It's great watching them on the river bank.
I think it's great increasing the biodiversity.
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7 years 2 months ago #40671 by crackadog
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I can recommend a lovely photographic book by Max Milligan titled The Soul of Scotland. We had the good fortune to be at the launch last year at the RGS and my son bought us the book. . Max uses only natural light so the photos remain as they were at the time. He has several books now, one on Peru and another in Romania. Some of the Scottish ones were taken at Alladale I think. Anyway, a super glimpse of Scotland without the chocolate box effects.
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7 years 2 months ago #40672 by saorsa
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Slightly off topic, but thought this would be of interest to you Joerg...

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7 years 2 months ago #40673 by Joerg Yoki
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Great video Scott.

Thanks for sharing.

The video is about Werner Freund with his wolves, he is great Wolf behavior researcher.


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7 years 1 month ago #40689 by crackadog
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WILD CARPATHIA 2 "From the Mountains to the Sea"
For all the wilderness and wildlife enthusiasts.....
Starting from 19.00 GMT this evening and multiple dates throughout September, The Travel Channel will screen Part 2 of the Wild Carpathia trilogy, "From the Mountains to the Sea", produced in collaboration with the Romanian Ministry of Tourism & The European Nature Trust. Please click here for schedule details.

We hope having seen the film you will be inspired to make a visit to Romania and explore this magnificent little known unspoilt corner of Europe.

The European Nature Trust supports and funds well founded initiatives which preserve and restore the last remaining wild habitats in Europe.
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7 years 2 weeks ago - 7 years 2 weeks ago #40919 by Joerg Yoki
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Hello,

Below a picture and some information about the stately red deers in Scotland.

Link /source : www.visitscotland.com/abo...fe/species/ruts


Citation: "The red deer is the UK's largest deer species and adult males - the stags - are easily recognisable by their impressively large antlers. The largest herds are found in the Highlands and islands, although large numbers can be also found in the Galloway hills, the Outer Hebrides and in Highland Perthshire. ... ..." END

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7 years 1 week ago - 7 years 1 week ago #40935 by WendyS
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I spent last week in a cottage near Glenelg, north west Scotland. The stags were starting their rut. The bellowing was amazing but all three hounds ignored the noise completely, useless beasties. We also had some pine martins come to the garden every evening for their dinner, peanut butter sandwiches and a raw egg. They are a relation of the weasel and badger and are really beautiful animals with the cutest faces. The photo was taken through the window so is rather blurry and dark.

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7 years 1 week ago #40936 by Joerg Yoki
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Thanks Wendy.
It is amazing how brave were the ancestors of our Deerhounds, as they hunted such stately deers.

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7 years 1 week ago #40944 by saorsa
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WendyS wrote: I spent last week in a cottage near Glenelg, north west Scotland. The stags were starting their rut. The bellowing was amazing but all three hounds ignored the noise completely, useless beasties. We also had some pine martins come to the garden every evening for their dinner, peanut butter sandwiches and a raw egg. They are a relation of the weasel and badger and are really beautiful animals with the cutest faces. The photo was taken through the window so is rather blurry and dark.


Great creatures, although they're ruthless hunters as well.
They prey on red squirrels,mice, rabbits, birds, etc
That's one of the reasons Capercallie are finding it hard, predation from Pine Martins.

Great to see them flourishing though.
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