Photo blog: Spring in Auchnerran

Spring is now well on its way at our Scottish Demonstration Farm. Recent warm weather has caused an explosion of life; leaves returning to the silver birch forests, gorse in full bloom, and, of course, many young animals.

Farm view

A view of the farm, looking onto the moor. Spot the group of hares.

Silver birch forest

The beautiful silver birch forest on the farm is alive with birdsong.


Pansies are flourishing in a game crop plot that is yet to be sown.

Gorse in flower

Gorse on the farm is in full bloom; you can smell its sweet, coconut scent as you walk past.

Cherry blossom

Blossom on a cherry tree.

Lamb Lamb and ewe

Lambing got off to a rocky start with the first lambs born in snow and illness striking the flock, but the lambs are now flourishing thanks to the hard work of Allan Wright, farm manager.


The large rabbit population has led to an explosion of baby rabbits all over the farm, and many cute photo opportunities.

Hares in sunshine

Hares enjoy the spring time sunshine in the farm, as well as the occasional boxing match (unfortunately not caught on camera).

Red squirrel

A red squirrel nibbles a pine cone in the woods on the farm.

Lapwing chick Lapwing chick

The many lapwing nests on the farm are hatching and there are tiny little fluffy chicks running about in many of the fields on the farm.


A lapwing. At the time the photo it was taken it was making it’s distinctive ‘pewit’ call, probably in defence of nearby chicks.

Marlies Nicolai and Lauren Fisher testing out some of our new kit

The farm is not only busy with wildlife but also with people, as we have four masters students undertaking projects on the farm. Here we see Marlies Nicolai, research assistant, and Lauren Fisher, masters student, testing out some of our new kit. We use these telescopes to spot lapwing nests and chicks.


Auchnerran pictures

at 0:39 on 10/06/2017 by Dick Bartlett

How good it is to see Auchnerran wildlife doing so well in upland uncluttered with trees which would provide cover, nesting sites and ambush points for unwanted predators. Moorland peat stores water like a giant sponge and carbon is soaked up by young heather and other plants which thrive with good management practices such as rotational burning


at 22:08 on 06/06/2017 by Patrick battersby

You need to plant lots of native trees on your uplands. As they are they are green deserts . They could act as carbon sinks , store water and ameliorate climate change clothed in native forest . Time to act.

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