|There are no foxes on Ulva and although the Vikings may
have seen wolves (naming the island 'Ullfur' or 'Wolf Island') there have
been none around lately.
Atlantic seals may be seen at any time of year. Some especially
good places to find them are: the reefs just beyond Starvation Point,
the bay near the old cruck mill and the reefs between Ulva and Gometra
that you see from the Viking fort at Dun Ban.
You may see a frog or toad, or, if you are very observant, a slow worm.
We don't see adders and hope it's because they aren't here. If you
are very sharp-eyed and very lucky, you might see one of Ulva's two rare
Keeled Skimmer dragonfly (Orthetrum coerulescens) or the Slender
Scotch Burnett Moth. Relevant Links: (British
Dragonfly Society) (Butterfly
A pilot whale was found washed ashore in Whale Bay in 1966 and another
in 1987. In 1991 two sperm whales were washed up and a large whale
cast ashore here in 1722 made history: 9 members of the MacQuarrie clan
and 17 others from all over Ulva were charged in the Admiralty Court at
Inverary for theft of the valuable spermaceti whale oil. Finders
were not keepers when beechcombing in those days.
Botanists can have a field day on Ulva - literally. There is such
a variety of plant habitats here from dark, cool, damp gully walls to high,
exposed, tundra like conditions, with all gradients between, from fertile,
well drained crop land to peat bogs. Rare wild orchids aren't rare
on Ulva. Grass of Parnassus sparkles in boggy places and there are
enough carnivorous plants to make you wonder how the midges survive.
Ulva's woodlands, shores and open moors make it an ideal place for bird
watching. Bird activity is intense throughout the year. There
are exciting seasonal events - the coming of the terns to the small islands
south of Ulva to breed, the puffins in the waters west and north of Ulva
in early summer, the occasional cry of the corn crake.