Common in the Glens and on the mountains. The fox is considered to be vermin by game keepers
and they are widely shot in an attempt to protect lambs upon which they prey during lambing.
Quite common at Rannoch it is recognised by its broad head, flat ears and tabby colour
with a ringed tail. They are slightly larger than the domestic cat but will hybridise with it. The hybrids tend
to have white underparts.
Not very common at Rannoch. It apparently used to be more common.
The otter has an excellent habitat at Rannoch and lives in the burns around Loch Rannoch
and in Dunalastair Water. The Otter spraints can be seen on rocks in the Dall burn and Otters are soetimes seen
in car headlights as they cross the road.
Mink is quite common and is disliked by fishermen and farmers. The original population
probably came from an escape from a Pitlochry fur farm.
Weasels are very common and can be seen emerging from dry stone walls or even running
over the roof of our house!
Stoats too, are common. We have had a family reared in the garden.
Pine Martens have re-colonised the area during the last twenty years, spreading from the
North West of Scotland.
Hedgehogs are very common and as in most parts of the country they are frequent road victims.
The Red Deer was originally a forest animal but with deforestation it has adapted to living
on the hills. They are very common and since there are now no natural predators they need to be culled to control
numbers. Deer stalking is a main income for the large estates and there is competition for the use of the hills
between the landowners and increasing numbers of hill walkers.
The male is called a stag and the female called a hind.
The Sika Deer is rather like the Red Deer but a little smaller. It is an introduction
from Asia and interbreeds with the Red Deer which is not considered a good thing. It could be considered an example
of genetic pollution and also decreases the size of the Stags.
The Roe Deer is a small woodland species with a prominent white rump. It damages forestry
plantations and it controlled by forestry rangers. The male is callled a Buck and the Female a Doe.
Fallow Deer are not native to Scotland but a small group have been introduced to the Bridge
of Gaur area.
Very common but the populations have fluctuated with outbreaks of Myxomatosis.
Very frequent on farmland, especially at West Tempar. Hares do not dig burrows and this
may be a reason for them not suffering from Myxomatosis.
Common in the mountain areas, especially on Ben a'Houllich