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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.


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.


Hugh spotted a Deer on Saturday, 28 November 2009 at 18:00

Was being driven by Dad back to the Loch Melfort Hotel (south on A816 from Oban) when we saw a red deer looking at us from the side of the road not far from the hotel.


Rachel Ross spotted a Kestrel on Monday, 02 November 2009 at 14:00

Looking from lounge windows of the Loch Melfort Hotel, I spotted a pair of kestrels hovering above the field. I stood and watched them for several minutes but whatever they were watching/stalking must have disappeared underground because they flew off.

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