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Wildlife and Plants

Glencoe boasts a rich and diverse range of habitats, from the lime rich slopes of Meall Mor which host plants such as mountain avens and purple saxifrage to the birch woodland fragments that cling to the inaccessible crags and gullies safe from the hungry deer.  Through heather moorland and internationally rare blanket bogs which are alive with invertebrate and amphibian life. 

Home to Scotland's iconic ‘Monarch of the Glen’ the red deer, and the magnificent golden eagle Glencoe combines rugged mountain tops with majestic elegance.  On a smaller scale scotch argus butterflies and pearl border fritillaries can be found in the summer if the weather is good.   
If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of an otter or maybe a water vole along the one of the many rivers or burns that has carved a channel across the landscape.  Or maybe whilst walking on the high tops if you look carefully you might see a ptarmigan or a snow bunting sheltering amongst the rocks.  The lower slopes and areas of moorland are havens for meadow pipits and skylarks.
In the National Trust for Scotland we are proud to be entrusted with the responsibility of conserving the plants and wildlife as they exist today; through further habitat restoration projects we aim to enhance the landscape of Glencoe to benefit native plants and animals in the future.
Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle
Golden Ringed Dragonfly
Golden Ringed Dragonfly
Pearl Bordered Fritillary
Pearl Bordered Fritillary


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