Black-throated diver Gavia arctica adult swimming in Lochindorb, Highland Region, Scotland, UK, June 2023
Mountain hare Lepus timidus
Stac Polliadh and Loch Lurgainn with gorse and birches in the foreground, Inverpolly Nature Reserve, Wester Ross, Scotland, UK, May 2021
Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus leaping in the Moray Firth at Chanonry Point, The Black Isle, Ross and Cromarty, Highland Region, Scotland, UK, June 2005
Heathland and Scots pine Pinus sylvestris with Wych Channel and Poole Harbour beyond, Arne RSPB reserve, Dorset, England, UK, July 2017

For many people an annual visit to the Scottish Highlands is a must for their calendar.  Birds are often the main target for nature enthusiasts but there is plenty of other wildlife to be seen in any season ranging from flowers through to mammals and insects (pesky midges included!).

My wife and I have made many visits to the Highlands on many holidays and some of the resulting images are assembled to make this well illustrated, recently re-vamped talk.  We explore locations such as the west coast, mountain tops, the ancient Caledonian pine forest, coastal bays and cliffs and various nature reserves.

Many species found in the northern half of Scotland are rare or even absent from other parts of the UK.  From coastal Otters to mountain-top Dotterels and from Gannets to Pine Martens, a broad range of wintering and breeding wildlife is included.  The Crested Tit is restricted to the Speyside pine forests as are rapidly declining Capercaillies.  There are also images of Eagles and their mountain habitats, geese in their thousands around the coast plus winding rivers and tranquil lakes where Herons, Goosanders and Ospreys hunt for fish.

If you would like to book this or any other of my talks, please telephone me or send me an email.  Sending an email can be done via my 'contact me' page.

Red deer Cervus elaphus head close-up of stag beside forest track with snow covered mountain beyond Glen Quoich Lochaber Highlands Scotland March 2017
Crested tit Parus cristatus in larch tree near Aviemore Highland Region Scotland UK March 2006
Short-eared owl Asio flammeus hunting over grassy moorland, North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, UK, May 2022
Grey heron Ardea cinerea taking off with a Butterfish Pholis gunnellus in its beak,Loch a' Choire, Kingairloch, Highland Region, Scotland, UK, May 2022