Wordless Wednesday #14

Wordless Wednesday posts are images from Ardnamurchan and the surrounding regions – Sunart, Morvern, Ardgour, Moidart and the Rough Bounds. No description is necessary but further details may be provided with the linked full-size image. I will try and ensure they were photographed in the same month, but perhaps not the same year, that they appear online.

4 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday #14

  1. Sarah's Wildlife Encounters

    Absolutely stunning! They are such gorgeous, interesting and cheeky creatures 🙂
    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog posts and getting notifications of Wordless Wednesdays.

    All the best from Belgium,
    Sarah from Sarah’s Wildlife Encounters

    1. David Post author

      Hello Sarah

      One of the “big five” on Ardnamurchan undoubtedly … though quite what occupy the other four places is open to debate. Eagle(s), wildcat, otter, porpoise/minke/dolphin?

      The only thing I wouldn’t have on the list is deer. There are too many of them and they eat my newly planted trees … and everything else. What we need are wolves … which you have an increasing population of in Belgium.

      Best wishes

  2. Sarah's Wildlife Encounters

    Hi David,

    Badger? I loved watching the badgers and pine martens in the garden of the cottage we stayed at last September. I had never seen a badger before! In the area I live in Belgium they are rare – we only have one (!) confirmed badger sett in the entire county of West-Flanders.

    I do love the deer though… Sorry that they eat your newly-planted trees, but as with the badgers, we don’t have red deer in our county, so I’m very fond of seeing them in the hills.

    We do have an increasing population of wolves! The most interesting thing is that we’re at a crossroads of the German/Polish population and the French population. Unfortunately someone killed last year’s litter of pups (and their mom), the very first to be born on our territory in a very long time. We have a new pair now, possibly even two. We’re all hoping the government is much more strict on the subject of hunting in the area the wolves have chosen as their territory, which is a military domain.

    Today came the unfortunate news that a wolf has been hit by a car. He survived and ran off. A search was set up and our biggest wildlife rescue centre helped search for the possibly gravily enjured wolf, but he wasn’t found…

    Have a great weekend,

    1. David Post author

      Hi Sarah

      We get badgers in the garden, but usually in the colder months of the year. I’ve got a video of one ambling past a trailcam in an earlier post. Here he (?) is, looking surprised:

      Surprised badger

      Many people consider that the reintroduction of wolves to places like Yellowstone has benefited the ecosystem – moving the herbivores about and so decreasing grazing pressure (and no doubt eating a few of them as well 😉 ). Inevitably there are concerns from livestock farmers, though the habitat the wolves occupy is often of borderline agricultural value … and are often only financially viable due to taxpayer subsidies. Benedict Macdonald’s book Rebirding (highly recommended) makes a compelling case to redirect these subsidies into direct environmental management, benefitting both the ecosystem and (due to their changed roles in managing the environment) the farming communities.

      We could certainly do with a few wolves here, and not just to protect the trees I’ve planted. The hills are stripped bare of new growth. All too obvious when you look at what is possible inside the the fenced areas around the Laga Farm woodland.

      Laga Farm woodland

      Take care


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