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Wonderful wildlife to see on the Croick Estate

Discover Animals’ Geoff Moore stays at The Manse on the Croick Estate in Sutherland, Scotland to discover the wonderful wildlife that can be seen.

The Manse is set on a working farm so there is always the chance to see the sheep and cattle at close quarters, roaming in the glen.

There is also the unusual opportunity to see four different types of deer on the Croick Estate:

Scottish Red Deer

Scottish Red Deer migrated to Scotland from continental Europe around the time of the Stone Age. A dark reddish brown in colour with a greyer face and neck, in the summer, their coats are lighter with a distinct border to the lighter patch on the rump. In winter, they grow long hair on their necks.

Scottish Roe Deer

A roe deer, which can be found on the Croick Estate in Scotland

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Scottish Roe Deer have a bright, reddish brown coat and white rump, though their coat becomes a duller grey colour in the winter. Roe deer faced extinction in the 18th century as a result of over-hunting and deforestation but reintroductions helped their recovery in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Fallow Deer

A fallow deer, which can be found on the Croick Estate in Scotland

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The previous owner brought Fallow Deer to the estate. Fallow deer normally have a light chestnut-brown coat with white spots in the summer and a duller grey-brown coat in the winter.

Sika Deer

Originally from China and Manchuria, Sika Deer were brought over to Scotland in the Victorian era. Originally to be kept in parks, over time, they escaped into the countryside and became naturalised. Sika are similar to fallow deer in coat colour.

Other wildlife around the estate includes:

Red Squirrel

A red squirrel, which can be seen at the Croick Estate in Scotland, sitting atop a log

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Pine Marten

A pine marten in a tree, which can be found on the Croick Estate

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An otter, which can be found on the Croick Estate, emerging from the water

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Golden Eagle

A golden eagle, which can be found on the Croick Estate, spreading its wings

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An osprey, which can be found on the Croick Estate, soars in the sky

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Why not take advantage of Scotland’s Right to Roam and experience the Croick Estate for yourself!

For more of Discover Animals’ fantastic films, visit our YouTube channel and to see extra content from Geoff Moore, visit

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