Anybody who knows me will tell you I have a slight obsession with the Scottish highlands. Lochs, mountains, pine forests, an abundance of wildlife - just a few of my favourite things. One of the best places to visit in the winter is the beautiful Cairngorm National Park. Mountains and forests for the walkers, stunning lochs for the landscapers and quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered wildlife species for the naturalists and conservationists. Of course as a wildlife photographer, it's the elusive wildlife that intrigues me most about this place - and it never disappoints.
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Of course the favourite to see in the Cairngorms in the charismatic red squirrel. The smaller red cousin of the american grey squirrel used to be common across the country but due to the introduction of american grey that came to the UK with a deadly squirrel pox, the native reds have been constrained to small pockets mainly in the north of the country. The Cairngorms is still one of the only strongholds where the red squirrel is free to roam without any chance of coming into contact with the larger grey. That said, they are still elusive and take some looking and waiting for. The Rothiemurchus estate have set up a hide around an area of forest where they constantly feed the squirrels. For this reason, it's a pretty sure chance of seeing them here if you're prepared to wait for them. They are extremely entertaining to watch and are surprisingly tame. Respect their space and they'll reward you with a wildlife experience you won't forget.