Working in conservation is a real privilege, particularly when working with wildlife and wild habitats like the ones we have at Loch Leven NNR. Part of managing wildlife, though, involves accepting that it is indeed wild. We see our wild populations through their complete life cycles, from birth, right through to death. When out and about on the nature reserve we occasionally stumble upon skeletons, corpses or skulls from individuals that have lost their fight for survival. Some may have reached old age, some may have been predated or killed, others may have been overcome by environmental conditions. Whatever the cause of death, we have over the years managed to amass quite a collection of skulls, and in keeping with the season of all things spooky and ghoulish, here’s an assorted collection of delightful pictures to get you in the mood for some spooky fun and Halloween frolics!
I’ll revisit the blog in a couple weeks with each skull identified- but why not have a go yourself? Just leave a comment to this blog below, and name each of the skulls as best you can. Sweeties are available for all correct answers!