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Corran Ferry crossing is the number one wildlife hotspot


A BUSY ferry crossing is not a place normally associated with seeing nature at its best but the fast-flowing Corran Narrows, separating Ardgour from Nether Lochaber, is rapidly becoming the number one wildlife hotspot in the area.

In the past few weeks, George Maitland, captain of the MV Corran, and his sharp-eyed crew have witnessed a number of deer, including a roe buck, swimming across Loch Linnhe from Ardgour to the opposite shore.

Roe deer are strong swimmers and, despite their size, will often tackle stretches of open sea and busy inter-island shipping lanes but manage to avoid being run down. A farming friend tells me he once watched a roe cross a river in full spate and it was impressive. Even more eye-catching was the cloud of ‘mist’ when the animal shook itself once it reached dry land – an amazing show of energy for an animal weighing, on average, only 35lbs. Deer have probably been swimming the 550-yard wide Corran Narrows from time immemorial but sightings are rare and have largely gone unrecorded.

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