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** A Scottish historian on Brave **

The feel of this animation set in medieval Scotland is good but it only
shows the view peddled abroad since Queen Victoria of a rugged land
inhabited by wild men in kilts

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· The Guardian, Wednesday 29 August 2012 18.53 BST
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Source: www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/29/scottish-historian-view-brave

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Fauna of Scotland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Fauna of Scotland **

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A Grey Seal (/Halichoerus grypus/) feeding a pup, Isle of Skye.

The *fauna of Scotland* is generally typical of the northwest European part
of the Palearctic ecozone, although several of the country's larger mammals
were hunted to extinction in historic times and human activity has also led
to various species of wildlife being introduced. Scotland's diverse
temperate environments support 62 species of wild mammals, including a
population of Wild Cats, important numbers of Grey and Harbour Seals and
the most northerly colony of Bottlenose Dolphins in the world.^[1]^[2]^[3]

Many populations of moorland birds, including the Black and Red Grouse live
here, and the country has internationally significant nesting grounds for
seabirds such as the Northern Gannet.^[4] The Golden Eagle has become a
national icon,^[5] and White-tailed Eagles and Ospreys have recently
re-colonised the land. The Scottish Crossbill is the only endemic
vertebrate species in the UK.^[6]^[7]^[8]

Scotland's seas are among the most biologically productive in the world; it
is estimated that the total number of Scottish marine species exceeds
40,000.^[9] The Darwin Mounds are an important area of deep sea cold water
coral reefs discovered in 1998. Inland, nearly 400 genetically distinct
populations of Atlantic Salmon live in Scottish rivers.^[10] Of the 42
species of fish found in the country's fresh waters, half have arrived by
natural colonisation and half by human introduction.

Only six amphibians and four land reptiles are native to Scotland, but many
species of invertebrates live there that are otherwise rare in the United
Kingdom (UK).^[11] An estimated 14,000 species of insect, including rare
bees and butterflies protected by conservation action plans, inhabit

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauna_of_Scotland

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