Mammals

  • Placing a camera trap to see what birds and other animals are on the move on Dùn Coillich
  • Badger (Meles meles) caught on camera trap
  • Evidence of field voles
  • There is a mink raft on Dùn Coillich which is there to check for the tracks of mink in clay

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Threats

The mink is an American animal which has been introduced to Britain. It is a threat to water voles and other native species. There is a mink raft on Dùn Coillich which is there to check for the tracks of mink in clay. The survey is organised by the Scottish Mink Initiative. See www.scottishmink.org.uk for details. 

Grey Squirrels are larger than Red Squirrels and are better at digesting acorns. They carry a virus called squirrel pox which does not kill them but does kill Red Squirrels. Red Squirrels do better in coniferous plantations and when the woodland at Dùn Coillich has developed red squirrels will benefit.

Mammals which are known or expected to occur in Dùn Coillich include:

Fox
Scottish Wildcat
Red Deer
Roe Deer
Sika Deer
Fallow Deer
Rabbit
Brown Hare
Mountain Hare
Pygmy Shrew
Shrew
Water Shrew
Mole
Hedgehog
Water Vole
Bank Vole
Field Vole
Field Mouse
Red Squirrel
Grey Squirrel
Otter
Mink
Polecat
Stoat
Weasel
Pine Marten
Badger
Pipistrelle bat
Daubenton's bat
Brown Long-eared bat