Step into a natural haven for wildlife
Duirinish Lodge’s ancient woodland setting provides the perfect home for a wide variety of Scottish wildlife. The Lodge is located on regular seasonal bird migration routes and thus we are lucky to see a wide variety of species of birds throughout the year. Birdsong is a constant delight at the Lodge, the noises of modern life disappear to make way for the sounds of nature just outside the window. The terraces are ideal for bird watching, and we have several bird feeders just outside the breakfast room window.
For birdwatching tips, bird identification guides and information about other garden wildlife that you may see at Duirinish Lodge, we recommend taking a look at the RSPB website.
The Lodge was selected as one of the locations for the Trees for Life, Red Squirrel Re-introduction Project. Chased away from much of the United Kingdom by the non-native grey squirrels, we felt privileged to re-introduce 7 red squirrels to the estate (4 boys and 3 girls). There are no natural predators for them on the estate and the squirrels, which settled in November 2016, have been thriving and breeding. Guests have been delighted to be able to see them at our 4 squirrel-feeding stations (2 near the summer house and 2 lower down on the track).
Further away from the house and towards the outer perimeter of the estate, it is not uncommon to see deer, particularly in late autumn and early winter.
Photographs: Sally Fraser