Allan Bantick OBE welcomes you to the Cairngorm Wildlife Diary for 2018

Most of the badger sightings mentioned here were made at the Strathspey Badger Hide. If you would like to go, click here for booking details.

Locations of sensitive nests and dens are kept deliberately vague for obvious reasons. If you have a bona fide reason for more detail please let me know. 

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Badger Wildcat Pine Marten
Red Squirrel Crested Tit Goldeneye


Mon 1st to Sun 14th Jan
In recent weeks the diary has been rather less detailed than previously.  This has been for good reasons and that pattern will continue, at least for the time being.   The first two weeks of the year has mostly been routine filling of feeders to help the birds and red squirrels with their survival at this wintry time.  So far the winter has, I think, had more sustained sub-zero temperatures than in recent years so the death toll among wild animals may be higher.  I could look it up of course, but we've had snow and ice lying in the gardens, fields and forests in Strathspey since before Christmas and more snow is forecast for the coming week and I do not remember such a scenario since the noughties.  As well as the feeders I have also been checking a couple of trail cameras and they have detected very little mammal activity, even near the badger hide and near the pine marten nest-box tree.   In the office there was not much to do over Christmas but that has now changed and there are a few meetings and phone meetings looming concerning wildcats and badgers.  I also intend shortly to prepare nest boxes for the coming season, most of which can be done in dodgy weather, however the badger hide needs a coat of wood preserver and that cannot be done until the weather improves.