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Day five, clip five, again it's one of the Wildcat SpyCams (you can see the chicken drumstick on the tree!) but this time it picked up a couple of passing Red Deer...

Red deer are the largest of the UK's resident deer species. Their impressive autumn rut is a top British wildlife spectacle, particularly familiar in Scotland where red deer are widespread and common. During the rut, mature stags invest much time and effort into competing with other males for access to females. Roaring contests and parallel walking allow males to size each other up without violence. However, conflict can soon escalate between evenly matched stags leading to serious injuries and even death.

Red deer migrated into Britain from Europe 11000 years ago. They were used extensively by Mesolithic man as a source of food, skins and tools (bones and antlers). Neolithic man developed agriculture and cleared swathes of forest to make way for fields. This loss of forest encouraged the decline of red deer populations, which became confined to the Scottish Highlands, south-west England and a few other small, scattered populations. The Normans protected red deer in parks and "forests" (often devoid of trees!) for royal hunting, but this protection was lost during the Mediaeval period causing another decline in numbers in England. Victorian re-introductions of "improved" stock (often inter-bred with larger related species such as Wapiti), escapes from deer parks, natural spread and increase in the Highlands and an increase in forest and woodland cover since the early 20th century mean that red deer are now widely distributed in Britain and are expanding in range and number.
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I know I posted a Pine Marten yesterday but I got this shorter one too, worth a share?
He's up at one of the Wildcat 'lure stick' sites looking for either tuna or a chicken drumstick - it's amazing how they remember what they've found, where.
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'Falls in Etive' Glen Etive, Scotland Please feel free to share and like my page. A photography from last October on a day there was some great light...
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Still not a whisker on the WilcatCams, but a lovely couple of clips of a Jay - absolutely loves tuna, and the chicken drumsticks too!

Although they are the most colourful members of the crow family, jays are actually quite difficult to see. They are shy woodland birds, rarely moving far from cover. The screaming call usually lets you know a jay is about and it is usually given when a bird is on the move, so watch for a bird flying between the trees with its distinctive flash of white on the rump. Jays are famous for their acorn feeding habits and in the autumn you may see them burying acorns for retrieving later in the winter.
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Today is clip two from the SpyCam Wildcat spotting, tuna lovers series!!
Yesterday was a badger, today a cautious Red Fox lured in by the smell of tuna, and quite happy until he turned and 'saw' the camera - as I've speculated before, I don't know how but he just knows I guess?

The Fox is a remarkably resourceful creature, able to cope in a very wide range of different environmental conditions, from sub-tropical regions to icy tundra the red fox is able to find food and keep warm.

In the UK the red fox feeds mainly on small rodents such as field mice, rabbits and voles but will eat almost anything it finds, often eating carrion or preying on new-born lambs in the spring. This resourcefulness is one of the main reasons they’ve been able to populate our towns and cities with great success. They are superb hunters, able to sprint, turn and jump with surprising ease for dog.
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TripAdvisor... another happy visitor has taken the time to give us a mention...

“A wonderful trip”
5 of 5 stars
My husband bought me a plot at Glencoe Wood for a Christmas present. We have just followed this up with a visit to the nature reserve and were very impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of Stewart who took us round the reserve and all the work that has been done. The title is a bit of fun, the main aim is preserving this place forever, never to be resold, only passed down, so it can never be developed or built on. Thank you to all those dedicated to this cause, and others in the area working to save our bees and wildcats.
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Another two lovely TripAdvisors today, I'll just share one in case it goes to our heads :)

“Jewel in the highlands”

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We visited the highland title nature reserve in Duror for a birthday celebration. Stewart kindly agreed to meet us and show us to our plot of land. We didn't know how much we would enjoy the informative tour by Stewart and the kind thought of a buggy ride to the land as the weather was slightly damp! We planted blue bells supplied by the local garden centre ( with Simon's kind advice) on our two square foot of land. The conservation work that Stewart and team do is invaluable to local wildlife, flora and fauna. They work very hard as volunteers, kindly giving their time and expertise. What a wonderful cause we can all donate towards.
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Day off yesterday, so did a tourist type drive down to Glen Etive... there's more than James Bond down there too, despite the heavy showers and strong wind.
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Another tuna fan but still not a wildcat :(

An elusive creature, the Pine Marten is mostly found in the North of Britain. It prefers woodlands, climbs very well and lives in holes in trees, in old squirrel dreys or old birds' nests. Pine Martens feed on small rodents, birds, eggs insects and fruit, and although rare, can be encouraged to visit bird tables. During the mating season, Pine Martens make shrill, cat-like calls. In the spring, they have litters of 3-5 young, which are independent by summer.

Mostly chestnut-brown in colour, Pine Martens have a characteristic pale yellow 'bib' on their chin and throat. They have a long bushy tail.

Length: 45cm plus a tail of 25cm Weight: 900g-1.7kg Average lifespan: up to 10 years

Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.
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Don't just take my word for it.... another lovely review on TripAdvisor...

“a fantastic visit to Glencoe Wood..........”
5 of 5 stars

I bought a piece of scotand from highland titles for my hubby's Xmas pressie, so as we were staying close by thought we would go and visit. We pre-arranged an appointed day and were met by Stewart, who was the most interesting man to listen to. So knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the preservation and future for conservation and the management of Glencoe wood and Bumblebee haven it was a pleasure to be in his company. It made our holiday! I would recommend anyone to visit and learn about the true Scottish habitat and its wildlife. From Sarah and Laird Barry Huntington.
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Part three of our occasional 'learn some Gaelic' series continues...

Tha gu math – I am well. 

‘I am well’ is pronounced Hah goo mah, with the emphasis on ‘mah’. As before Th is pronounced ‘h’. In fact when an H is added to a consonant it usually changes the pronunciation to ‘h’, silencing the consonant it stands next to. One exception to this rule is Mh or Bh, these are both pronounced as ‘v’.  

Although Gaelic pronunciation is tricky from an English perspective, the rules are invariable, and once learned can be re-applied with confidence. If only we could say he same about English! (Consider tying a ‘bow’, and to ‘bow’ to the queen, ‘though’, ‘through’ and ‘rough’, to name a few fickle English pronunciations).

‘Tha’ is the correct form of ‘to be’, ‘gu math’ means well or good.
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Another stunning shot from Grant
'Spring in the Glen' Glencoe, Scotland Please feel free to share and like my page. Last weekend certainly felt like spring in Glencoe with the lovely...
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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.