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The Following Reports are available from The Inner and Outer Hebrides, Scotland:
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Scotland reports from:  
Mainland Scotland Including Speyside, Tours of Scotland, Moray, Ardnamurchan.....
The Northern Isles Shetland, Orkney, Fair Isle
The Hebrides (This page) Inner Hebrides, Outer Hebrides


Skye 14th-28th May 2011

  • Fantastic low sunlight on Preshal Mor, with a rainbow arcing over the top of the hill as we walked back & 2 Corncrakes (!) now calling simultaneously from the same field....Colin Holter reports.

Western Isles May 24th-June 6th, 2008

  • It was too early for the Machair to be in full bloom but it was nonetheless well carpeted with a variety of flowers – mainly Daisy and Birdsfoot Trefoil.  Also there were plenty of Green-veined Whites and Large Red Damselflies to add to the 4 Spotted Chasers seen on the moorland between Stornoway and Breacleit. On the Sunday night a Golden Eagle carrying prey and 2 Buzzards were seen over the ridge behind the campsite....Gordon McAdam reports.

Islay & Jura Hogmanay 2003/4

  • Setting sail for Islay from the mainland along West Loch Tarbert, we must have had ten Great Northern Divers in as many minutes, a good omen for the week ahead. Arriving on Islay, we were greeted by a flock of White-fronted Geese, all the way from Greenland, followed by a ring tail Hen Harrier...Chris Hall reports

Islay & Jura - Tour report 27th Oct -3rd Nov 2001

  • Our Hebridean adventure began in earnest as a pod of Porpoises broke the sunlit mirror of Loch Fyne, while our arrival on Islay was greeted by flocks of sedate Golden Plovers with Starlings, Fieldfares and Redwings sweeping restlessly across the pastures around the Machrie Hotel, in their hundreds...Alison & Chris Hall report.
Eagle Island DVD

Eagle Island - A Year On The Isle Of Mull
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  • A hauntingly beautiful wildlife film originally made for BBC's Natural World, by presenter Gordon Buchanan and now available on DVD. Mull is a mecca for the wildlife watcher. Close-up shots of White-tailed Eagles, Basking Sharks and Otters make me long to to return to the island...


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Some Useful bird books for The Inner and Outer Hebrides, Scotland:
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Where to Watch Birds in Scotland
Mike Madders: Buy from or

  • Scotland has my favourite birding in the whole of the UK. This book, now updated, contains more than 140 key sites and numerous additional sites accompanied by maps and line drawings. It concludes with an up-to-date list of local birds Recorders and reports, useful addresses and a code of conduct for birdwatchers. The guide has become indispensable for anyone birdwatching in Scotland.

RSPB Handbook of Scottish Birds
Peter Holden et al: Buy from or

  • Over 250 species are covered in detail with a page per species. The species accounts include concise information on identification, voice, habits, habitat, food, breeding ecology, seasonal movements, population and conservation. Detailed maps have been specially created to show distribution when breeding, wintering or on migration. Superb colour illustrations from some of the world's leading artists have been integrated into the text for easy reference.

Collins Guide to Scottish Birds
Valerie Thom, Norman Arlott (Illustrator): Buy from or

  • Aimed at both the birdwatching market and at tourists visiting Scotland, this guide describes all the species commonly found in this country. Each section has an introduction describing the habitat illustrated with colour photographs, followed by a guide section describing all the birds found in that habitat. Each bird is illustrated in full colour. The text is written for beginners as well as to inform keener birdwatchers. The end of the book has a "places to go" section arranged by area (Highland, Western Isles, south-west, etc): it details over 70 of the best sites for birdwatching, describing how to get to them and what to expect to see once you are there.

Days with the Golden Eagle
Seton Gordon: Buy from or

  • I really like this book and it truly stands the test of time. First published in 1927, Seton Gordon's narrative is vivid and so evocative of the Scottish mountains and glens that I can almost believe that I am there. Seton follows the lives of a pair of Golden Eagle and their two young, Cain and Abel, by close observation of the nest. His fascinating "highland stories" of Eagles around Scotland are a joy to read. Also available direct from Whittles Publishing.

Where to Watch Birds in Britain
Simon Harrap, Nigel Redman: Buy from or

  • A superb and well researched update of the original book. Lots of new sites have been added. The experts have been consulted. An indispensible guide to British twitcher or foreign visitor. All the key sites are covered, usually with good maps complete with a season by season guide of what to see where.

The Complete Guide to the Birdlife of Britain & Europe
Rob Hume, Peter Hayman (Illustrator): Buy from

  • This is quite simply the best illustrated guide to Europe's birds that I have seen. Every bird is pictured at least five times (and sometimes twenty times) in varying poses within its habitat. Seeing the birds in context, really gives this book the edge.
    More than a field guide, the book is coffee table size, and certainly deserves to be in the collection of every serious bird watcher.

Recommended travel books for Scotland:

Lonely Planet Scotland (Lonely Planet Country & Regional Guides)
Neil Wilson, A. Murphy: Buy from or

  • The Scottish Highlands are one of Europe's last great wildernesses, with a wealth of mountains, lakes, rivers, moors and dramatic coastal scenery. This guide to the country has separate chapters detailing the historic Highlands, and provides information on climbing, fishing, golf and walking.


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