We were astonished recently to see on one of our wildlife cameras that we have a family of FOUR otter making visits to our garden at The Dulaig.
We have known and filmed many times a single otter coming to a particular spot here, but seeing this family blew our socks off!
All Scots are fascinated about the weather. We are no different and here at The Dulaig we have just installed a weather station. Soon we will be able to see all sorts of facts about what the weather is doing. Surprisingly to most people, our town #Grantown-on-Spey in #Cairngorms National Park is one of the driest places in the whole of the UK. This - and the fact we are one of the coldest places - mean we also have virtually no midges as compared to other places in the Highlands!
The brilliant BBC "Winterwatch" is just about to start its 2019 series based, like The Dulaig, in the magnificent Cairngorms National Park.
More exciting still is that the Springwatch and Autumnwatch series will also be based in this area, enabling us all to follow the wildlife - including red squirrels, capercaillie, red deer, osprey etc - through the dramatic events and seasonal changes here. The programme will also showcase the incredible scenery of the area.
As you see here, a year after we first discovered it an otter is still visiting us regularly. Being a river otter it is usually out and about in the evening so our films of it are in the dark. It is feasting on troutlings and tiny salmon which are in the burn.
Since arriving at The Dulaig eight years ago we have tried to make our gardens a haven for wildlife as well as for our guests.
We know that every year we can see more and more birds and mammals visiting us and for fun we installed some cameras to see what is visiting us when we are not looking. We could not believe our eyes when one of our cameras picked up an OTTER!
From the spraint (you can see it on the rock above and behind the otter) we know it is visiting regularly and have managed t...