The Land, the Wildlife and our involvement

Big Mountains. Big Lochs. Big Responsibility.

The Highlands are beautiful. Famed for the beautiful hills, special waters and of course, fish! All of this is there to be enjoyed, though it is important to take care and responsibility for your actions when exploring the outdoors.

Please be considerate to crofters and land owners. Please don't cause any unnecessary obstructions to access or water courses. Remember any rules regarding Catch and Release policies. It is important to report signs of vandalism and poaching when possible.

For more information, visit www.outdooraccess-scotland.com

You may not use any land or water for hunting, shooting, or fishing without permission. Though feel free to explore where ever you like.

Let's Fish Sustainably

 

Invasive Non-Native Species

As wonderful as the natural beauty of the area is, there is the serious issue of invasive, non-native plants and animals occuring throughout the Highlands. Many of these species have been introduced accidentally, however their impact on natural habitiat is at times devastating.

Commonly found invasive plants include Japanese Knotweed and Rhododendron. Usually these cannot simply be dug up or chopped down. It can often take years for certain plants to be dealt with as they can quickly grow and take over large areas of land and water.

Many non-native animals also live in Scotland. Sometimes an animal can be introduced and co-exists pleasantly, though there are instances where too many of a certain creature can cause havoc within small eco-systems.

For more information, visit http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Environment/Wildlife-Habitats/InvasiveSpecies

 

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japanese knotweed rhododendron american mink

 

Wildlife and Plantlife

It is no secret that the Highlands are the home of not only fantastic Salmon and Trout, but also Red Deer, Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles, Ospreys, Buzzards, Orchids and much more.

You never know where you might find a roaring stag, so keep your eyes and ears open. But remember, treat nature with respect. Don't disturb any animals if you can help it. Don't interfere with bird nests.

american minkAmerican Mink
rhododendronRhododendron
japanese knotweedJapanese Knotweed