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Red deer
Red deer, the UK’s largest land mammal, are widespread throughout the highlands. October brings the rut, during which the glens resound with the roar of stags competing to mate with the females. Throughout the winter they are often close to roads giving great photo opportunities
European otter
Otters are a freshwater mammal but due to human interventions are now much more easily found in our sea lochs. Whilst always elusive on a Wild West tour you will learn where, when and how to find them so that you will be better placed to look for them for yourself
Red squirrel
One of the UK’s favourite species, red squirrels have been driven from much of their habitat by the introduction of the grey squirrel, an American species introduced in Victorian times. In the Highlands, healthy populations survive, protected by the pine marten which predates on any greys straying into the territory.
White tailed eagle
The white tailed eagle became extinct in the UK in the early part of the 20th century. Reintroduced to the island of Rum in 1970 the breeding population now exceeds 100 pairs and the birds can be found at a number of locations in the west Highlands.
Harbour seal
The harbour seal is one of two species found in the UK and is the more common. There are many locations around the coast where they can be found hauled out on rocky skerries at low tide, giving great opportunities to view them. The young are born in June.
Pine marten
This highly effective predator, a member of the mustelid family and related to the otter, is mainly nocturnal. However, we do occasionally see them in daylight hours and regularly find evidence of their activity. They are also known as the sweet mart as their droppings smell of parma violets.
Feral goats
Not strictly speaking a wild animal as goats were introduced to Scotland by early nomadic people who kept them as domestic animals for milk and meat. As people left these hostile lands the goats were left to fend for themselves, which they did very well. They give birth in January!
Black Grouse
One of three species of grouse found in Scotland, numbers have been in decline due to habitat reduction for many years. Now protected, numbers are on the rise. There best time to see the birds is during the mating season or “Lek” which peaks in April.
Emerald damselfly
Dragonflies and damselflies have been around for 200 million years, longer than the dinosaurs and fossils have been found of a species with a 2 foot wingspan. On wild west tours we may come across a number of different species including the emerald damselfly. The image here is the male.
Highland cow
OK, so they are very definitely not wild animals but everyone loves them. Highland cattle were introduced due to their hardy constitution and ability to cope with the harsh environment in the Highlands. A number of herds are kept for habitat management as their grazing encourages native species to thrive

Wild West does not have conservation at this moment.

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