Red Squirrels can often be seen leaping between the towering trees and along the forest floors of the National Park, which is one of the species’ last great strongholds in the UK.
Otters can usually be found in quiet spots along the wooded shoreline of Loch Lomond and the River Dochart. Both are European Special Areas of Conservation to help protect these secretive animals.
Water Vole, one of Britain’s most endangered native species is making a comeback in the Trossachs and usually dig their burrows on river or loch banks.
Common Seals can be seen in the summer months in the waters at the Balloch end of Loch Lomond as wells as Ardmore Point, a small peninsula on the Firth of Clyde.
Red Deer can be seen all year round while in autumn you will hear the distinctive sounds of the deer rut around the National Nature Reserves of Ben Lui and Ben Lawers as red deer lock antlers to compete for mates.
The Loch Earn area also provides an opportunity to witness this spectacle as the deer make their way lower down the hillsides nearer to the Loch.
There are a number of birds of prey centres across the area which do give visitors the opportunity to see a number of different raptors including owls, golden eagles, sparrowhawks, kestrels, peregrines, red kites, ospreys and buzzards. Some of these can be seen on live streaming of their nests transmitted via CCTV.
There are many other species to be seen in the central Scotland area including grouse and visiting flocks of different species of rare geese who stay a while in the vicinity.
While this is not an exhaustive list of all species of wildlife to be found in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park it is hopefully an indication of the richness of the area and is hopefully a taste of the sights and sounds of nature to be experienced while visiting the area.
Many of the species shown above can be seen while staying in one of Cooper Cottages self-catering holiday cottages and our visitor books regularly include comments by guests on the wildlife they have seen while on holiday in the area.