There are often large numbers of Guillemots, Razorbills and occasionally Puffins in the loch, particularly when northerlies are blowing. Divers have already been mentioned and it is a regular winter haunt of Slavonian Grebe. Eider, Goldeneye and Red Breasted Merganser are regular in good numbers. Cormorants, Shag and Gulls are attracted by the fish farm. This is a good spot for Iceland Gull. Golden Eagles breed in the neighbouring hills and there are several pairs of breeding Greenshank.

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"A glorious little gem"


Five stars

"A book such as this has to look backwards and the author does so succinctly, looking at the work of several of the pioneering naturalists before picking out the publications of JA Harvie-Brown and the Rev. Hugh Macpherson. I know this book fills a real gap in the information available for the Isle of Skye and it will surely sell well at local bookshops."

Andrew Currie Miscellany West Highland Free Press

Five stars

"A total of 238 species have been recorded, with 14 of those 'red listed' as of high conservation concern ... another innovation has been the inclusion of Gaelic names for some birds. While this is not uncommon in a few other books, the addition of some regional Gaelic names is very unusual and very welcome."

Ray Collier Country Diary 'Up in the Skye' The Guardian

Five stars

"Illustrated with beautiful photographs of current birdlife on the island, the publication also features sketches by Jean Thomas of The Little Gallery, Portnalong, stimulating the reader's interest further and allowing them to identify species they encounter on Skye."

The Hebridean

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