As well as 6000 deer, Jura offers a diverse range of wildlife. From seals basking in Small Isles Bay to playful Otters along the shore, rare sea birds and soaring eagles, there’s a wealth of natural wonder in store. For a sneak preview from our local photographer, Konrad Borkowski: www.ephotographica.com
We regularly see Mute swans, eider ducks and oyster catchers along the shore. Keep an eye out for seals basking on the rocks too, even at Craighouse. Jura has both Grey seals and the smaller, dog nosed Harbour seal. If it's Otters you're after though, the best times are early morning and evening as this is when they are most active. With an otter for every 4 miles of coastline you stand a good chance of coming across one!
Lowlandman's Bay, just a short cycle from Craighouse, offers the chance to see some rare waders and waterfowl including common and purple sandpipers. With the beautiful backdrop of the Paps, which is stunning in itself, it's easy to be distracted from the amazing wildlife they hold. Out on the hills is the best place to catch sight of one of the many birds of prey found here; From Peregrines and Hen Harriers to the gigantic Sea and Golden Eagles but sightings are far from rare in the Bay.
Click on the animal's names above to get their Stories courtesy of Scottish Natural Heritage who have more information about these and other species on their website.