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Chanonry Point
January 27, 2017, 12:04 pm
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Chanonry Point 1The best place in the UK to see bottlenose dolphins is at Chanonry Point, a small spit of land on the Moray Firth, where the firth narrows between the Point and Fort George.

Chanonry Point 3Most often seen on a rising tide not long after the tide turns, the dolphins like to play in the strong currents as they chase the fish in.

Chanonry Point 2The shingle beach at the Point often hosts large crowds of people as they watch the dolphins feeding just metres away.

Chanonry Point 4A lighthouse is situated at the point. Designed by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson, the lighthouse was first lit in 1846 but has been fully automated since 1984.

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A pair of young red deer stags
December 24, 2015, 10:36 am
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Some deer in the mist yesterday…
December 29, 2014, 4:22 pm
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Deer in the mist



Machair
October 31, 2014, 5:54 pm
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Machair 2Machair, a Gaelic word which means fertile low lying grassy plain, is one of the rarest habitats in Europe occurring only on the western coasts of Scotland and Ireland.

In the Outer Hebrides, Machair habitats run along the western shores of Uist, Harris and Lewis.

It is formed by sand being regularly blown ashore by Atlantic gales.

Machair 1Over time the calcium rich sand and traditional crofting land practices have led to the development of fertile grassland habitats renowned for wildflowers, birds and insect life.

Machair habitats are threatened by changes to the way the land is managed – a reduction in the number of crofters means a reduction in the amount of grazing taking place – and by increased erosion due to rising sea levels.

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Red deer at Black Mount
December 17, 2013, 5:00 pm
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We saw these red deer on a recent walk from Bridge of Orchy.

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Little Egret at Harrapool, Isle of Skye
April 22, 2013, 3:41 pm
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Here’s a short video of a Little Egret that I filmed on a trip to Skye in 2011.

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Otter at Broadford Bay, Isle of Skye
January 21, 2013, 4:07 pm
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Here’s a short video of an otter that I filmed on a recent trip to Skye.

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