There is an abundance of wildlife to spot in the surrounding area - birds of prey, red squirrel, deer and the elusive pine martens.

Queen Elizabeth and Argyll Forest Parks contain a wide range of habitats that provide a home for an abundance of species including red squirrel, badgers, hedgehogs, bats, red and roe deer.

Red, roe and fallow deer use the Forest for shelter and food  in the winter months particularly.

Otherwise, they can be spotted on the open hill, especially during good weather where they can be spotted feeding, resting and chewing the cud.

In Autumn, listen out for the distinctive call of the stags during the breeding season, or the 'rut'.

Many of the local mammals are nocturnal, so the best time to spot  badgers, fox, otters and hedgehogs is dusk or dawn.

 Atlantic oakwoods thrive in places such as the east shore of Loch Lomond and are home to an enormous number of plants and insects, which in turn are food for a wealth of birds and other larger creatures. Ospreys are summer visitors to nearby Lomond & The Lake of Menteith.

On any walk in the forests you are likely to come across an amazing variety of wild birds - not only birds of prey but smaller birds such as siskins, tree creepers, and a huge array of tits and finches.

The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park organise various events in the area - click here for a calendar.