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Carna’s Wildlife

“Our first voyage on the boat we were treated to the spectacle of two white tailed eagles soaring close overhead, a family of otters mucking about, not 20m from us, and an inquisitive family of seals less than 10m from us!”  The Scrivenor Family

Due to the secluded nature of Carna and its wide variety of habitats for a small island, it acts as a haven for native wildlife to both reside and visit at a time when it is struggling to find refuge elsewhere. Most of the island is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and all this is surrounded by the coastal waters and shoreline of Loch Sunart Marine Protected Area (MPA), providing homes to a hugely diverse range of flora and fauna. Carna Conservation Initiative works closely with CAOLAS , Community Association of Lochs and Sounds. We are members of the Coastal Community Network which is a collaboration of locally focused community groups and are proud to be part of the UK’s only HOPE SPOT

Carna Conservation Initiative is dedicated to monitoring, collecting and collating information about both land and marine species. We are aware that whatever happens on land has an effect in the surrounding waters and vice versa. We are in the process of collating and mapping the data we have and hope it is not too long until this information is mapped and published.

We are hugely grateful for the support we receive from Flora and Fauna International and their great team in Edinburgh.

Whether it’s the Otters that pass daily, the various birds of prey that nest and hunt over it, the seals that pup on it, the deer that graze around the houses, the wandering foxes and their cubs or the colourful streams of bees, butterflies and moths that feast on our wildflowers it doesn’t take long to witness the buzz of natural life large, small and minute on the island.

Interested in knowing more?

Download our full Species List for the island and a 2017 underwater dive survey report by Bingham Sub Aqua Club.

Want to help?

Find out more about our Conservation Projects to conserve our native wildlife and how you can support them.