The variety of natural habitats at Ben Lomond is enriched by the changing seasons, bringing different Scottish wildlife and plant species into focus across the year.

On the higher mountain, ptarmigan and ravens are regular sights, while you may hear the cackle of red grouse from the mid-altitude moors. Ptarmigan are at the southern limit of their range here and only one or two pairs manage to raise broods every year. Both are so important to the mountain that they give their names to areas: the Ptarmigan Ridge and Tom Fithich (Raven’s Knoll).

Tread with care on the summit for, despite the many pairs of feet that land there, some scarce alpine flowers still manage to bloom such as alpine mouse-ear and sibbaldia. Watch out for the quick movements of the common lizard, and listen for the spiralling call of the skylark along the Sron Aonaich ridge.

The common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) can be seen in late summer beside the paths. Adders are usually very shy and difficult to see as they slither off when approached. They do well in the bracken on the lower slopes where they’re well camouflaged and prey is abundant.

In the lower woodlands you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a pine marten or red squirrel. Badgers leave small divots or holes in the ground, telltale signs of their rooting for worms and grubs. And in spring the show of bluebells, accompanied by the constant call of the cuckoo, are a natural wonder in themselves.

Check out our wildlife spotter’s guide for Ben Lomond, and see how many you can spot during your next visit:

Wildlife spotter’s guide: Ben Lomond