What you ‘otter’ see

Published on : Friday, August 26, 2016

117Scotland’s horses of the woods, clowns of the sea and black beasts have been added to a line-up of wildlife stars that feature in a VisitScotland interactive e-guidebook on Scotland’s top natural inhabitants.The Scottish Wildlife Series, created by the national tourism organisation, now reveals the viewing hotspots for the capercaillie, puffin and otter.

The e-guidebook originally launched in April this year focusing on the red deer, red squirrel and harbour seal and has received more than 100,000 page views. The series gives detailed descriptions and facts about the animals, videos of them in action and a guide to the viewing hotspots in their natural habitat.


Below are some facts about the latest wildlife additions:

The capercaillie, known in Gaelic as ‘capull coille’, meaning ‘horse of the woods’ due to the clip-clopping sound it makes, is the largest and rarest of the grouse family found which is particularly found in the Cairngorms National Park.


The puffin, nicknamed the ‘clown of the sea’, is mainly found in Argyll, Fife, Orkney and Shetland.The otter found in Scotland, known also as the ‘black beast’, is one of 13 species of otter found worldwide. Around 12% of the UK population lives in Shetland, but increasingly otters are found in all of Scotland’s river systems.


Research finds that a third of visitors to Scotland cite the country’s beautiful woodlands and country parks as an activity they engage in during their visit with a quarter including wildlife and bird watching.


Source:-Visit Scotland

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