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Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue, North Ayrshire, Scotland.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Today, our group visited Hessilhead Wildlife Rescue's open day, North Ayrshire. It is the biggest and busiest Wildlife Rescue Centre in Scotland. Hessilhead aims to rescue, repair, rehabilitate and release animals back to the wild. The open day was really great, you can see animals like birds, foxes and swans. The organization was good and the organizers were very welcoming. Unfortunately, picture opportunities were limited but a few are provided below.

Human Hedgehog

Swannery

Barn Owl

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Scotland Countryside and Wildlife

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Today, I travelled to Beith, S.W.Scotland to visit a wildlife rescue centre. Brilliant sunshine, blue skies and pleasant countryside all combined to provide a pleasurable experience.

Here is an image of male deer which ha become very tame and will not now be released into the wild.



Here is an elderly gannet which was washed up after heavy storms. I was amazed at the size of these birds.


Woodland scene with early summer flowers.

Here is a video clip of a lamentation of swans.

video

Overall, a worthwhile trip. The rescue centre has an official open day next month which I will attend if poss and obtain some more pics.

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Golden Eagle Callander Scotland

Thursday, October 02, 2008

This evening, I am posting some images of a captive Golden Eagle taken at a tourist attraction in Callander, near Stirling. These images were taken about lunchtime today.

This is a very impressive, 3 year old bird and apparently worth a considerable sum.



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Scotland's Bird's of Prey under threat

Friday, December 29, 2006

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds claims that at least two red kites are poisoned or shot every month in Scotland with blame attributed to landowners and gamekeepers. Other wildlife at risk include Golden Eagles, Pine Martens and Scottish Wild Cats.

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Black Grouse Under Threat

Friday, December 22, 2006

Scotland's spectacular Black Grouse is under threat from maturing commercial forests which were planted between 1950 and 1980. The bird's ideal landscape is a mix of heather moorland, rough grassland and open woodland or scrub. However, the maturing trees block the light to the forest floor thereby killing the foliage necessary for the bird to survive.

The bird's decline is particularly noticeable in Perthshire but reductions have also occurred in other parts of Scotland, and England and Wales.

Forestry Commission Scotland has a policy of planting native woodlands as part of an initiative to restore Grouse habitats.

The only way of counting the Black Grouse population is to identify lekking males (blackcocks) during their courtship displays; the females lay hidden out of sight in the long grass.

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