Around Gartmore : Nature corner
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  Nearby Holiday Cottages are situated in the heart of Scotland's first National Park a nearby nature observation point is available for wildlife lovers and bird watching which you are welcome to use - frogs are all around !.  
Red deer are red-coloured in summer. This changes to greyish brown in winter. Stags are easily identified by their large antlers.
Deer can be easily spotted in the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
If you hear a hooting at night its probably an owl.
Many people believe that owls only come out at night, however
this is not true, many owls can be seen flying about during the day and at dusk so watch and listen intently and you will be rewarded!
The grey squirrel is a pretty, appealing and entertaining little animal, It is very bold and soon learns to take food from bird tables and chew through baskets of peanuts.
In the woodland around Trossachs holiday Park you will see many of these !
The stoat is a slender, long-bodied animal
They are very curious and will explore burrows and buildings. If you startle one it will dive for cover in the nearest hedge or hole, but, if you stay still and quiet, it will soon come out again for a better look at you.
These are regular visitors to the cottages
Oystercatchers are black and white with a long bright orange beak
by calling to other oystercatchers they join together to mob predators like crows and gulls. Oystercatchers are noisy, excitable yet wary birds. They fly low over the land, and are active and noisy in the night. listen at dusk at you will hear the calls from the lochan area
The Blue Tit is a common species at Trossachs bird-tables, these attractive little birds
are quite tame, when they are excited, they raise the short crest on their nape
see if you can spot one !
Bees which produce honey, are unlike wasps, which can only sting once. This is because their stings are attached to their intestines, and have barbs on them which get caught in their victim. As the bee pulls away the sting is left still pumping its venom while the bee, damaged by the attack, is left to die. Like wasps, the bee's venom contains an alarm pheromone which stimulates other bees to attack.
unless you disturb these busy insects they will go about their business all around you without harm !
The herons wade through shallow water searching for prey such as small fish and amphibians.
When they have found a suitable location, they will stand motionless waiting for the right moment to stab the prey with its beak.
At the lochan Herons visit regularly so keep your eyes open !

The front feet of the hedgehog have five toes, but the rear feet have only four toes. The hedgehog has black ears and a black nose.
If you hear a little shuffle and a squeek in the night, quietly go and investigate and if you are lucky he will roll up into a prickly football!

Badgers are omnivorous - they eat both animals and plants - and they are able to choose from a wide range of food, depending on the time of year, weather conditions and local land use. Badgers also feed on bee and wasp larvae, fruits, fungi, cereals, nuts, seeds and berries.
Keep a keen eye and you might get lucky !
The aspect of the fox's diet that surprises many is their love for fruit. When brambles are ripe on the bushes, foxes will go bramble picking and during this season because of the fruit consumed their droppings are usually purple in colour.
The territory calling (scream) can be heard in the dusk hours around the Trossachs.
The Trossachs area is a perfect location for "nature watching" with a variety of Wildlife
So bring your camera and go exploring the forest treks you are bound to stumble upon nature
at its best.

but there's also lot's more to do - so visit the other links.

Robert Dickie
Tel: 07554703477