Deer adventure

DSCF7546-2Last week several residents and visitors watched with bated breath as a deer, which was apparently stuck on a sandbank in Glenfinart Bay, managed to extricate itself.

After it was marooned, the deer began to swim towards the land but then in panic, swam back out to the sand. It eventually turned and swam to shore, landing on the beach near the nursery field. The photograph, courtesy of Cathy O’Riordan, shows the relieved animal having reached dry land.


Roe deer injured on Ardentinny road



This doe roe deer was found injured in a ditch between the Lairds Grave and Glenfinart Caravan Park. It appeared that the animal had been hit by a vehicle. Staff from Ardentinny Outdoor Centre contacted the vet in Dunoon. However, as the injuries were severe, the deer was put to sleep.

Drivers in the area between the Swedish houses and the caravan site should be aware of both deer and squirrels crossing the road, especially during these dark days.

Photographs courtesy: Jim Robinson.



Osprey spotted over Loch Long

Bowlers at Ardentinny Bowling Club were entertained earlier this week with the sight of a diving Osprey over Loch Long.

Fortunately Cowal visitor Cliff Carson (who was on the look-out for otters in the area) had his camera on hand and captured these excellent images of the osprey swoop. However, the dive was unsuccessful with the bird failing to catch its underwater prey.

If anyone is aware of any otter sightings in the Ardentinny area, please let us know and we will pass it on to Cliff.


The Osprey dive


Completely submerged


Departs upstream empty-clawed


Images courtesy Cliff Carson.


Slow down, save a life

Yet more roadkill on Ardentinny’s roads. This time what looks like a grouse killed on the bridge at Drynain. One does wonder as to the speed vehicles are travelling on this stretch of single-track road and why the drivers appear unable to avoid these creatures.





Not far from Ardentinny, this tiny fawn finds its Mum after more than 24 hours apart.


Injured gannet rescued from beach

A lifeless gannet was spotted on the beach in front of the Outdoor Centre last week. Calls to the SSPCA resulted in a vet from Bute & Cowal vets in Dunoon arriving to collect the injured bird, assisted by local resident John Misden. The following day the bird was collected by the SSPCA from Dunoon and taken to its National Wildlife Rescue Centre near Alloa, Fife. An SSPCA spokesperson informed us this week that, on examination, it was found that the gannet had sustained a broken neck and sadly had to be euthanised.