Perhaps the best loved species is the red squirrel, which is common anywhere near conifers and a frequent garden visitor.
Roe deer are common from Moy to Tomatin and beyond, red deer abound higher up Strathdearn and Sikka deer may be seen along the road from Kyllachy to Glenmazeran.
Rabbits are everywhere and a garden pest, brown hare are quite common in lower meadows and the beautiful mountain hare on heathery hill slopes.
Birdlife is abundant: key species include crested tits, crossbills, greatspotted woodpecker, sandmartin, dippers and tree creepers. Golden eagles are fairly often seen far up the strath at Coignafearn together with peregrine falcon. Spring sees an influx of ground nesting birds: lapwing, oyster catchers, curlew and common sandpiper, together with common and blackheaded gulls and common tern.
The heather moors are prime red grouse territory, and extensive game maagement keeps mammalian predators tightly uunder control. In the R Findhorn and tributary burns the salmon spawn in November can be spectacular.
..... WORK IN PROGRESS ....TO BE CONTINUED ......
This post is to demonstrate the new blog-style lay-out of your club page. It will also appear in the news section.
At the top of the page is an introduction to your club - what you do, where and when you meet, and a little bit about yourselves. A potential new member seeking information will see this first. It is in your interest to keep it up-to-date and interesting. The introduction will remain at the top of the page regardless of any other articles that are posted.
You are invited to send in regular updates on the activities of your club which will be added as blog posts, similar to this one. It's up to you how often you do it, weekly, annually or occasionally, in advance or after an event. You can include photos or even video. The posts will appear below the introduction in chronological order, most recent first. It will make your page more interesting and dynamic, you'll be able to show potential members what you get up to, and it will build up into a historical record of your activities.