Trip to the Kingussie area in Cairngorm National Park
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edited May 2022 in The potting shed
I have just got back from a two week trip. Part was a week long study visit to investigate rewilding in the area. On either side of the course, I stayed near the village of Kingussie, on the west side of the national park, near the joining of the Gynack and Spey rivers.
I will put more reflections on Scottish rewilding projects on another thread. However, there are matured projects now coming into their own in the Cairngorms, and it was very heartening to see regrowth of native woodland and the abundance of life that has come along with it.
Springwatch was based in the area for one year and that enticed me up to explore. I have spent time at Knepp rewilded land in Sussex, also introduced to me by Chris Packham on Springwatch. So - thanks Chris. Both are wonderful places to delve into.
Please forgive some of the repeat pictures I have put up on other threads.
There is are a huge population of brown hares in the Cairngorms - similar to the abundance of rabbits in southern England, it seems. They are much larger than rabbits, with a more upright stance and a tendancy to walk rather than hop. They are notable for being on the mammals that can become pregnant while still carrying young - so essentially having two sets of fetuses. They bare young throughout the year, and benefit greatly from regenerative farming techniques that leaves wide field margins, hedgerows and woodland areas.
(Sorry if this thread melts your computer - I know lots of peope won't be able to open it).
I get hares on a fairly frequent basis in my garden here.
They really like eating dandelion flowers ..... who'da thought!
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