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Wildlife Diary

The Loch Melfort area abounds with diverse mammals, birds, marine life, insects, flora and fauna and many of our guests delight in telling us their wildlife sightings.

Perhaps you've seen a golden eagle riding the thermals, dolphins jumping through the waves, or a rare orchid hiding in the grass. Whatever you've seen, we would like to know about it, so please fill in the details of your sighting on our wildlife diary form and come back often to keep up with the latest wildlife sightings.


Hugh spotted a Gannet on Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 15:00

Watched the “diver” birds, diving from high in the sky, make a huge splash as they crashed into the sea to catch their dinner!!


Calum spotted a Otter on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 at 21:00

Walking back on the low tide mark around Arduaine point towards the hotel I almost stepped on top of a pair of Otters. Having seen me they lept into the water but bobbed around about 3m away looking at me inquisitively before swimming off. Magical!


Calum spotted a Otter on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 at 10:00

Spotted a young Otter from a lay-by on Loch Feochan south of Oban. Was low tide and the otter played in the seaweed only a few metres from the shore for about 10 mins. His features were very clear – especially his long tail!


Rachel Ross spotted a Kestrel on Tuesday, 01 December 2009 at 14:00

Stood and watched the Kestrel from the comfort of the lounge today. For nearly 10 minutes the kestrel wheeled,hovered,dived and was buffeted by the wind. When it eventually settled on a fence post a hooded crow flew at it and chased it off.


Calum Ross spotted a Seal on Monday, 30 November 2009 at 14:00

Our ‘resident’ seal was back today-in the bright winter reflection of the sea,a little further on from the boathouse, I didn’t see him basking in the sun until he saw me and slid off the rocks back into the sea. He bobbed around in the bay for a while.

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