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St Andrews Wildlife

When I was asked by one of our Facebook fans to focus on St Andrews wildlife for this week’s blog post, I went straight to our Flickr group. The variety and beauty of creatures in East Fife need to be seen to be believed, so here is a selection of Summer shots from St Andrews, the East Neuk and the Isle of May. How many of these species have you spotted?

 

BIRDS

You Lookin At Me??

Fulmar in Crail (taken by been snapping)

Curlew

Curlew on the St Andrews coast (taken by Inzievar)

Black Headed Gull

Black headed gull on the St Andrews coast (taken by Inzievar)

Puffin

Puffin lunching on the Isle of May (taken by J J McHale)

I've grown this big!

Cygnet at Craigtoun Park (taken by gradys’mom)

Heron

A heron in St Andrews harbour (taken by DFS19)

Kingfisher

Kingfisher at Morton Lochs (taken by J J McHale)

Cutties

‘Cutties’ [seagulls] in Pittenweem (taken by expatscot)

waiting

Beautiful bird in a wheatfield (taken by Eddie the E)

Is he still there, aye, don't move

Sand Martin chicks discovered in Crail (taken by sarniebill1)

Sedge Warbler

Sedge warbler in Kingsbarns (taken by Inzievar)

BEES (AND OTHER SMALL FLYING THINGS)

sharing

Bumblebees on clover (taken by sparkieroy)

Hover fly

Hoverfly on the Cambo Estate (taken by St Andrews – Frank)

Three is a crowd

Beautiful butterflies (taken by J J McHale)

BEASTS

Seals on the Isle of May, Fife, Scotland

Seals on the Isle of May (taken by iancowe)

Tamworth Sow - Cambo House - Kingsbarns - Fife

Tamworth pigs at Cambo House: they keep the ivy out of the woods famous for their Springtime snowdrops! (taken by Doug Price)

Red Squirrel

Red squirrels can still be found wild in Fife (taken by Leuzie)

Sheep ?

One of Fife’s many sheep (taken by J J McHale)

deep in thought!

Rabbits wander tamely around the North Haugh area of St Andrews (taken by sparkieroy)

Tornado

Finally: it’s not a bird, nor superman – but a beautiful plane in honour of the Leuchars airshow this weekend! (taken by forbesimages)

Liked these? You’ll love the Flickr group. There are plenty more shots that I wasn’t able to feature here, including a beautiful picture of a dolphin leaping in St Andrews bay.

To discover these animals for yourself, the best places to visit are St Andrews, Morton Lochs, Tentsmuir Forest, the Isle of May, and the Fife Coastal Path. Check out the ‘Nature‘ section of the tourism portal for more tips and ideas.

Alternatively if you enjoy taking photos, why not share them with us and the 400+ other friendly enthusiasts on the group? We look forward to seeing you there!