Harris Wildlife

Corncrake

 

The islands boast a wide range of wildlife and plantlife and the quiet secluded location of Mol Bàn lends itself to attracting both.  Otters can be seen in the bay, but are shy creatures, seals are also visitors.  The surrounding hills are home to Red Deer, whilst birdlife is abundant, in the spring and summer months a strange grating sound will alert you to the presence of Corncrakes, but you will be lucky to spot one! 

Harris is home to; Cormorants, Shags, Oyster Catchers, Herring Gulls, Black Back Gulls, Gannets, Curlew and Dunlin.  Inland you are quite likley to see Eagles, Buzzards and Sparrow Hawks.  The list goes on, but visit the Bird Pages on The Western Isles to get a more complete list and recent sightings.

Wildflowers throw up a carpet of colour, especially on the Machair were the hebridean spotted orchid and the heath orchids can be found. To see pictures and find out more about the wildflowers of the Hebrides visit Virtualheb. Mol Bàn is set in a quarter acre of gardens with a variety of plants, shrubs and trees.  The road to the cottage takes you across an undulating landscape of moorland where wildflowers typical to the islands bloom, heathers, moorland plants and grasses dominate.