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.



Bat time in Ardentinny

It’s that time of the year again in Ardentinny with the bats coming out at dusk. This little chap was an early riser!


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.


Road Kill Ardentinny – Is it Necessary?

Pheasant today near Angle Cottage

Sadly, wildlife fatalities around Ardentinny continue. Earlier today a pheasant was mown down near Angle Cottage on the road along the Glen. One has to wonder how these incidents occur.

Pheasants in the area are particularly tame. They can frequently be seen wandering by the side of the road and, at times, on the road. However, are these vehicles travelling so quickly that it is impossible for them to take avoiding action?

It’s the same situation for squirrels and the crows who crack open their mussel shells on the highway. Are vehicles driving too fast on these narrow roads to be able to see these creatures ahead?

Back in 2010 some local residents erected signs near the Swedish Houses to alert drivers of ‘baby” squirrels crossing. The possibility of signage warning of wildlife has also been discussed at Community Council meetings. However, these have yet to materialise.

One does wonder if this latest incident was related to someone relishing pheasant on the menu for their New Year meal, as just 20 minutes after our photograph was taken, the bird had mysteriously disappeared!


Swan Loch

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