I recently spent a very enjoyable week wildlife-spotting on the Isle of Mull, just off the west coast of Scotland. The island’s biodiversity is excellent, primarily due to the wide variety of habitats on offer. Oak woods, coniferous forest, moorland, marshland, sandy beaches, sea lochs, machair, hill lochans, streams and rivers, mountains, estuaries and around 300 miles of coastline: Mull has it all. And the seas that surround the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides are arguably even more species-rich, with an abundance of fish, crustaceans and other marine life.
A selection of trail camera clips and the odd close encounter with our local fauna.
Good to have this annual wildlife extravaganza back on our television screens for the next three weeks. The first episode will be shown on BBC2 this evening at 8pm, but the ‘live cams’ have been broadcasting continuously since 5am and there is plenty of additional footage available via the red button. As usual, there is the Unsprung programme following the main broadcast in the evening, as well as Springwatch Extra providing further programmes during the day. The production team have returned to the RSPB Minsmere reserve on the Suffolk coast this year- arguably the most biodiverse place in the United Kingdom.
A very nervous fox, clearly spooked by the remote camera. Of all the animals I’ve captured on it, they definitely seem to sense it more than any other creature. It’s sniffing bait I put out in the hope of attracting otters- see ‘Otter Reclaiming its Catch’. At this time of the year, the mating season is imminent and so they’ll be defending their territories intensely. You may hear a chilling triple bark followed by a scream after dark, which is indicative of the mating season.
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.
Spotted a large half eaten salmon lying on the riverbank while out for a wander in the nearby wood. Despite the lack of animal tracks beside it I decided to position the remote camera in front of it in the hope that it would attract an otter.
It attracted numerous visitors, one of which is captured above.