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A lovely walk in the Cromdale Hills

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A lovely walk in the Cromdale Hills
The Cromdale Hills are just three miles from Grantown and can be seen from our street. Today we decided that, having looked at these hills for ten years, we would climb them at last. What a wonderful walk we had and on such a stunning day.    These hills have a reputation for being very boggy on the plateau but as we have had virtually no rain for three months we figured we would be fine, and we were. The hills were almost empty, the only other walkers a party of school...
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Look - Otter still visiting us at The Dulaig!

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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.   
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An OTTER is visiting The Dulaig garden....we really do have a wildlife haven!

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An OTTER is visiting The Dulaig garden....we really do have a wildlife haven!
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...
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Even our wild pheasants are friendly....and beautiful

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Even our wild pheasants are friendly....and beautiful
We have wild pheasants all year round in our garden. Many are quite tame and will come very close. Right now there are five male pheasants courting eight females. The females are usually regarded as dull-looking compared to the males bright plumage but look at the stunning colours of this beautiful female in the winter sunshine and you may think otherwise. In a few weeks the males will start to fight each other for control of the garden territory (and the females) and the "winner" will...
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