Moidart and the surrounding areas of Morar, Morvern and Ardnamurchan form part of the larger region of Lochaber which includes the Ben Nevis range to the south. Lochaber is one of the most geological and biological diverse regions in Scotland, supporting a rich fauna and flora, with many species and habitats of national and international importance.
The complex geology of Lochaber (Tertiary igneous rocks and Caledonian metamorphic and igneous rocks) supports a myriad of habitats ranging from moorland and heathland, to altantic oakwood to pine and alluvial forest, to machair and complex sand dune systems, to salt marsh, mudflats and coastal shingle and exposed rocky shores, not to mention the open seas.
The Lochaber area (including Moidart, Morar, Morvern and Ardnamurchan) is renowned for the diversity of it's wildlife, including many of the iconic species of Scotland, such as red squirrel, pine marten, wild cat, red deer, badger, golden eagle, raven, ptarmigan, corncrake, hen harrier and peregrine falcon on land; otter, osprey, sea eagle, black-throated diver and common scoter associated with freshwater rivers and lochs; and bottlenose dolphin, Risso’ dolphin, harbour porpoise, basking shark, minke whale and orca in the seas.
An insight into the range of habitats and species assemblages, including character and rare species, can be found in the associated pages.
Grab your binoculars and field guides and explore the lochs, mountains and coasts of one of the best wildlife destinations in the UK. You will not be disappointed.
Lochaber Biodiversity Group, 2004. Living Lochaber: The Lochaber Biodiversity Action Plan.
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