The Lammermuirs is home to an array of beautiful, sometimes awe inspiring, and always fascinating variety number of species of insects, birds and animals. Some of our regular inhabitants are listed below. Please feel free to send in any of your images and information of species spotted and we'll put them on the site for all to see.
The Roe deer is one of our common inhabitants, alongside the Mountain Hare, a graceful animal, brown in the summer, but come winter turns a snowy white, sometimes to its detriment on warm snowless hills. The stoat also turns white in winter (Ermine). For some amazing photos done by award winning photographer Ron McCombe click here.
The buzzard, once nearly extinct in the UK, is now a regular sight across open hills. They generally nest in woods, and feed out in the open on rabbits and other small rodents. Also living out on the heather, is the Grouse, the Curlew, the Snipe, Golden Plover, Sky Lark, Meadow Pipit, Red Legged Partridge and Short-eared Owl.
Also look out for the Red squirrel, Sparrowhawk, and Adder, some of our more elusive creatures who inhabit this beautiful land.
Bumblebees In a recent Berwickshire News there was an article on the decline of the bumble bee. The Bumblebee Conservation Trust based at Stirling University is asking for digital photos of bumblebees with the postcode of where the photograph was taken. If you email it to the address below they will email back with an identification of the type of bee. Some photos of bumblebees taken in the area were identified as a common carder (Bombus pascuroum) and the red tailed bumblebee (Bombus lapidarius). Another bee photographed in the area, identified by Beewatch who also emailed back the information that this was a garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum). This species has the longest tongue of all the common bumblebee species in the UK and loves to feed on plants with deep flowers such as foxgloves, delphiniums and honeysuckle. Many of our rarer species also have long tongues so it is likely that if we can attract this long-tongued common species, we are also providing potential resources for many rarer species as