WILDLIFE – BIRDS
Diverse habitats at Balvarran provide homes, nesting grounds and hunting opportunities for an array of birdlife. The heather hill is home to an increasing population of Red Grouse and Black Grouse which thrive in the mixed grass, heather and boggy pastures.
During the warmer months long grassland slopes provide nesting grounds for Lapwings whilst significant numbers of Curlew occupy the wet moorland. Short eared owls are sometimes seen perching on old ruins and peregrines often hunt along the dykes.
Ducks live on the Choilcorrie Lochan and snipe prosper in the boggy fringes. The hills are home to hundreds of Wheatears and Pippets who dance above the heather. Dippers play along the river and the rapid wingbeats of Kestrels are sometimes seen on the lower ground.
September 7th 2014