Glencoe is not only significant for its landscape but also for its diverse range of habitats and the species which they support. The underlying rocks of our beautiful landscape provide soils for some of the rarest plants found within the UK. The lime rich slopes of Meall Mor support plants such as mountain avens Dryas octopetala, which are nationally scarce and there are also some very special nationally scarce species found on Bidean nam Bian; Drooping Saxifrage, Saxifraga cernua and Highland Saxifrage Saxifraga rivularis. Along with mountain tops that support some of the richest arctic – alpine flora within Britain, the birch woodlands found clinging to the mountain crags are amongst the richest sites in Britain for mosses and liverworts.
There are plenty of opportunities within the glen to see Britain’s largest native land mammal the Red Deer (Cervus elephus). There is also the chance to catch a glimpse of one of the rarest native land mammals the elusive Pine Marten (Martes martes).
From the magnificent golden eagle, peregrine falcon and buzzard to the tiny snow bunting, ring ouzel and tree creeper, the wide range of habitats in the Glen support a wealth of birdlife. On a smaller scale too the glen supports an important invertebrate population, including the nationally rare chequered skipper butterfly. This species is restricted to a small area of western Scotland, having only been found within a 30 kilometre radius of Fort William.
Why not see what wildlife species can be found at this property by visiting the National Biodiversity Network's Gateway. Remember to select the ‘group’ you are interested in.
With towering mountains sweeping down on both sides, Glencoe is at once spectacularly beautiful and yet strangely forbidding. Glencoe is also the cradle of Scottish mountaineering and the area provides some of the finest climbing and walking in the …