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2011-01-14 18:54:16

Wild red deer on the Isle of Rum, which were featured in the BBC TV series Autumnwatch, are rutting earlier in the year, a study shows. Scientists believe the annual rutting season on the Isle of Rum could be changing because of warming spring and summer temperatures. The study shows that the rutting and calving seasons are now up to two weeks earlier on average compared with 30 years ago. The research was based on a 38-year study of the ecology of red deer on the Isle of Rum and used annual...

2008-09-17 06:00:00

By Peter Ranscombe AS THEY soar gracefully high above the cliffs and mountains of Mull, every beat of two young sea eagles' wings will be tracked using the very latest satellite technology. The eagles - Scotland's largest bird, with a wingspan of up to eight feet - are part of a tagging project that will unlock the secrets of the journeys they make. This week marks the run-up to The Scotsman's Wildlife Watch, where readers can provide invaluable data and sightings of flora and fauna -...

2008-08-28 06:00:49

By Jenny Haworth Environment Correspondent IT COULD be the animal's large appealing eyes and attractive furry features. Or it could be its association with popular television shows and films from Springwatch to Harry Potter. Whatever the reason, the otter has shot up the popularity stakes to become the nation's new favourite mammal. The rarely seen animal has risen up the rankings after failing to feature in a previous poll in 2000, which was won by the dolphin. It scooped 265 out...

2008-07-22 18:00:40

A FREE family festival staged to celebrate the pounds 107,000 restoration of a wildlife haven and was featured on television may be repeated next year. Up to 3,000 visitors enjoyed the festival, which was held at Thimblemill Recreation and Entertainment Centre in Smethwick on June 8. The event showcased the improvement work carried out at Thimblemill Brook. The area, which runs through a housing estate on the borders of Smethwick and Oldbury, takes in a mile-long stretch of land with a...

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