WREN - Wester Ross Environment Network

Mountain hare found dead on road

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Friday the 13th September has not been the best of days for at least one former resident of Gairloch Parish. A mountain hare was found dead on the road between Gairloch and Poolewe, near Loch Tollie. The carcass was seen and reported by Fred Robertson, who said it was many years since he'd seen one. Mountian hares are usually found on the higher ground of Beinn Eighe NNR and other top to the east of Gairloch. In recent years they have seldom been seen nearer Gairloch, several years ago another two hares were seen near Loch Bad na Sgalaig.

Historically hares were more abundant in the area (Dixon, 1886). The ground to the east of Loch Tollie was enclosed as part of the Balle Mor Woodland Grant Scheme (WGS) at the beginning of the 21st century. Has anyone else seen a hare near a road in Wester Ross in 2013?



WREN would like to thank the following organisations for their support:
Scottish Natural Heritage
The European Agriculture fund for Rural Development. Europe investing in rural areas
The Highland Council
The Scottish Government

Tom Forrest (Chairman) chair@wr-en.co.uk

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