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Nov 29th, 2016

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Fox meets Cat

I’d been a bit bothered as to what would happen if our new visitor fox met the cats. Last night I found out from the webcam.. I’d put a bit of leftover roast pork out for the creatures, and just after 5am the fox found it. It was just starting to munch on it when […]

Jul 10th, 2016

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Fungi and wildlife

I went out for a walk this evening and saw two sets of very impressive fungi. I wouldn’t have expected to see these until later in the year – perhaps the damp cool summer has brought them out earlier than usual. I’d love to have the expertise to identify the species as I am a […]

Jul 5th, 2016

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Red in Tooth and Claw

An interesting but (sort of) quite sad thing happened this afternoon. I was working at my desk looking out at Beinn Bheula this afternoon when I heard a scratching noise like claws on concrete outside. I shot to the french windows just in time to see a rather thin looking fox disappearing under the fence […]

Mar 23rd, 2016

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The wildlife are now back in force. Last night R and I watched our pine marten (or one of our pine martens?) eating nuts on the bird table for about 10 minutes. Then suddenly he shot off into the woods. We realized why a few seconds later when a large badger emerged under the fence […]

Mar 2nd, 2016

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Alpine Morning

I wouldn’t have believed it – but this morning the snow is back with alpine views over the mountains. R and I scared a heron off our pond this morning and there are plenty of signs of spring around the village, but the snow being back definitely shows us that winter has not departed for […]

Jan 15th, 2016

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Pine Marten and Fox

We don’t see too much of the badger family at this time of year, they just trundle up to look at the nuts from time to time, but don’t seem that interested. This week, however, we have an almost nightly visit from a pine marten, who yesterday morning about 7am sat eating the nuts put […]

Jul 22nd, 2015

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Yet another new visitor

While I was out today, R got some photos of this rather fine fox in the garden where it sat for more than five minutes this afternoon. I like foxes and this is only the third one we have seen on the Donich. I was very glad to hear the other day that plans to […]

Dec 21st, 2014

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Interesting Wildlife night

Last night was an interesting one on Shed Cam. I had been getting a bit worried because we had not seen our badgers for a few days. Last night they were back (about 10 times during the night), but unfortunately although I ordered 50kg of nuts for them over a week ago they have not […]

Nov 22nd, 2013

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I was reading more on Pine Martens the other night.  One fact I didn’t know is that although they eat red squirrels, their presence deters the spread of greys because they are better at catching them than they are the reds.  Another fact I didn’t know is that they have distinctive faeces which are black […]