The Red Squirrel – A Future in the Forest

Now as part of the team of rewilding advocacy and communications organisation, SCOTLAND: The Big Picture (SBP) I will be available to deliver an exciting new presentation.

The Red Squirrel – A Future in the Forest, is a breath-taking celebration of this glorious arboreal acrobat illustrated with world-class images from the team at SBP. Packed with natural history facts, and anecdotes, it also highlights the vital importance of woodland restoration to secure the future of this much-loved endangered mammal and the other creatures that share its world. The presentation also includes a poignant short film on the story of three tiny squirrels, received at only 3 days of age and the ensuing work to rear them to eventual release back into the wild.

Set against a backdrop of stunning imagery, this show will provide an informative and inspiring experience for meetings, conferences and events.

For further information on this dedicated SBP event, fees and availability contact:

Photo of polly Pullar illustrating article rthe child in nature

The Child in Nature – an Endangered Species

This article first appeared in Scotland: the Big Picture.  Read the full article (with more images) here.

It’s January, the season when a fox’s hormones fuel the urge to breed. At night I lie in bed and hear their eerie yattering as they wander on their nocturnal forays, their soundtrack accompanied by tawny owls – they too are preparing for breeding. The wood is also thick with the aroma of red deer. My son Freddy and I are following a lattice of worn tracks made as the deer trek up and down in the gloaming, to the richer pickings in the fields below. Now that the bracken has died away, and before the new growth, it’s perfect for exploration. Continue reading “The Child in Nature – an Endangered Species”

Rearing Reds

Polly Pullar, writer and Director of SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, is also an experienced wildlife rehabilitator. When she was handed three young red squirrels just days old, she thought their chances of survival were slim.

This is the story of the emotional rollercoaster that followed.

Image © Clare Mackie

A Write Highland Hoolie!

Mallaig’s Book Festival at The West Highland Hotel, Mallaig

In 2016 Polly became the co-founder of A Write Highland Hoolie, Mallaig’s Book Festival.  The event takes place again from Friday 6th-Sunday 8th November 2020, and we look forward to a fabulous line-up of authors as well as great food and music.  In 2019 we were thrilled to expand our events into both the local primary and High Schools and to work once again with Fort William’s superb independent Highland Bookshop.   More exciting dedicated children’s events are planned for 2020 as we firmly believe that helping forge a love of reading is one of the best things we can do for the younger generation. As before, all the main events will take place in the comfort of the West Highland Hotel from where on fine days – and yes there are plenty, a fabulous panorama unfolds on Rum, Eigg, Muck, and the jagged outline of the Cuillins of Skye. Whatever our fickle climate brings us, we guarantee that our Hoolie will be a joyous weekend celebration of books, music, fine food, and great craic, for this is what sets us apart.

Don’t miss this unique event: sign up for our newsletter on our website. A Write Highland Hoolie is the book festival with a difference.