“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.

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 when staying with us.

Significant species and habitats found on and around Carna include:

  • Sea Eagles
  • Otters
  • Bluebells
  • Golden Eagles
  • Foxes
  • Orchids
  • Buzzards
  • Pine Martens
  • Violets
  • Kestrels
  • Red Deer
  • Atlantic Oakwood
  • Hen Harriers
  • Roe Deer
  • Peat bog
  • Sparrowhawks
  • Common Seals
  • Aspen
  • Shags
  • Porpoises
  • Scots Pine woodland
  • Herons
  • Dolphins
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Woodpeckers
  • Basking Sharks
  • Water Shrews
  • Cuckoos
  • Spurdogs
  • Common Lizards
  • Arctic Terns
  • Barn Owls
  • Slow worms
  • Red & Black throated Divers
  • Long Eared Owls
  • Many Butterflies
  • Curlews
  • Tawny Owls
  • Over 90 species of Moths
  • Whimbrels
  • Grasshopper Warblers
  • Many Songbirds

Interested in knowing more?

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

Species List 2018 Dive Report

Want to help?

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