Wildlife at Ardverikie

Ardverikie is one of Scotland’s oldest and most famous deer forests.

Red Deer StagHaving been in the same ownership for over 150 years, Ardverikie is in the unique position of having been sympathetically managed with a core value of environmental stewardship for that entire period.

This has led to the diverse landscape and species mix that we are able to enjoy today.  Our herd of over 1000 Red Deer roam the hills around the estate, and are carefully managed to ensure not only their health and vitality but also to make sure that their numbers do not adversely affect the habitat.

The River Pattack flows into Loch Laggan – two vital habitats for the estate.  These support some of Europe’s rarest breeding birds, including Ospreys and Black Throated Divers.

Visitors to Ardverikie also regularly observe Red Squirrels, Pine Martens and of course Golden Eagles and Hen Harriers on the open hill.

There is an open ended programme of re-forestation.  Extensive areas of forestry are being re-generated and re-planted.  Where possible, the estate is planting a mix of native tree species which will provide not only diverse habitat but also contribute towards land stabilisation.