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A nice night capture of two badgers up at Larch Wood.
This big, black-and-white-headed woodland dweller is widely recognised, but much less often seen.
The best case for the UK badger cull is getting shakier. Pragmatists would’ve abandoned it when the 2013 cull was revealed to have cost at least £5,200 per dead badger, far more than badger vaccination. Pro-cullers blame this on the cost of policing protesters but anti-cull activists aren’t going to disappear, and nor are those costs.
Pragmatists might also bow to the wisdom of the British Veterinary Association, former cheerleaders for the cull, who recently announced they were now opposed to the controlled shooting of badgers on grounds of humaneness and recommended cage-trapping and shooting badgers. (If you go to the trouble of trapping a badger, sensible people would inject it with the vaccine that has proved effective in a four-year scientific trial.)
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4 Red Deer hinds up at the old badger set SpyCam, nice capture even if I say so myself ;)

4 Red Deer hinds up at the old badger set SpyCam, nice capture even if I say so myself :p

It’s the undisputed Monarch of the Glen - the largest of all Britain’s land mammals - and awesome when stags are in full roar during the autumn mating time or ‘rut’. There are large numbers of red deer in Scotland - a problem for re-growth of native woods, but a bonus for watchers who like to see the herds.

Red deer are big: something akin to a medium-sized pony for scale. Stags’ antlers are multi-branched (some much more than others). They shed and re-grow them in summer before the rut. Females - ‘hinds’ - have none. Listen for autumn roars as a pointer to red deer location in the hills.

In medieval times, red deer were hunted in Scotland by driving large numbers of them across the hills and through woods into traps called ‘teinchels’, where hunters lay in wait. The link between deer and trees at that time led to the term ‘deer forest’ - still applied to some upland areas that are now treeless.

Winter can be good for deer watching, since herds will seek lower grazings in bad weather. Some roads give good routes and wide views across prime red deer ground. Try the minor road down to Glen Etive or along the A82 across Rannoch Moor and often at The Kings House Hotel. Take great care if driving in red deer country at night, both for your own and the deer’s sake.
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Once we finally battled up and down wet slippy hills to find Laird Terry's estate, this was the view that greeted us - made the journey worthwhile. Also warned us of the next downpour heading our way and tempted us with the possibility of sun... which never came, just the rain!
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Today's wanders meant we came across a nice selection of mini wildlife - Emperor Moth caterpillar, and with my new book to better identify them - a female Common Darter Dragonfly, with a Scotch Argus butterfly last.
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Thanks for liking and sharing if you did... and if you didn't, why not? Can there be a better cause than rescuing the Scottish Wildcat from extinction?
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A nice early morning badger capture up at the Larch Wood SpyCam.
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We often share some stunning images from Grant Hugh Jones Photography​ and during a wee chat on a recent visit to the Reserve he was telling me about his new website...
I was on it for ages, just clicking through one amazing photograph after another - have a look here if you want to see Scotland at its best.
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Highland Titles offers you the chance to buy a plot of land from our estate in the Scottish Highlands. Whether you want to strengthen your ties with Scotland or become a genuine Laird, Lord or Lady, we are here to help!  

With plots from 1 square foot (£30) up to 1000 square foot, we hope you enjoy the pride of owning a piece of Scottish land.

Highland Titles is a socially active, socially aware organisation with a massive conservation effort.  This year we are planting 60 acres of woodland with the help of our customers.