Mammals

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

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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