South Uist is a breeding ground for many species of bird. Lapwings, Oystercatchers, Redshank, Greenshank, Red Throated Diver, Mute Swans, Corncrakes, Ringed Plovers are just some of our regular visitors to the islands. We also play host to some of the most rare hunting birds such as harriers, buzzards, Sea Eagles, Marlins and of course the Golden Eagle, the list goes on.
In May there is a chance to see the Pink-Footed Goose, and in summer Quail are present. Winter brings the Purple Sandpiper and Woodcock into view.
The greylag goose also breeds on South Uist in numbers by the main road that splits the island, the area of land is in the National Nature Reserve of Loch Druidibeg.
You will often see the extraordinary Eriskay ponies roaming wild on the island, descendants of the ponies that were used to carry peat and seaweed in centuries past.
South Uist and the Isle of Eriskay maintains a small fishing fleet who catch a range of shellfish such as the Velvet Crab which are sold for good prices to the mainland, and across Europe.
The sea is as rich with wildlife as the land, rarely disturbed by humans and therefore harmonious as part of a stable ecosystem.
The large numbers of Grey and Common Seals and a pod of Common Dolphins around the coast is a testament to the tranquility and natural balance of the island and its people.
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