Wildlife Sightings

This page contains wildlife sightings and recordings from members and visitors.

Contributions are welcome.  Please email photos and descriptions from your visit to: friendsofcammo@yahoo.co.uk. NB we are currently working to add a number of recent contributions to this page.  Thanks for your patience.



January 2021 - Cammo Bats by Karen Edwards, David Kyles and Graham Checkley

Cammo is home to a diverse range of wildlife as evidenced by the many sightings reported and photographs submitted to this web page. In September 2020 a survey was carried out by David Kyles, City of Edinburgh Council Natural Heritage Officer and Graham Checkley, Mammal Recorder for South East Scotland, to assess the health of the bat population in Cammo Park.

Over the course of the week beginning 15th September the echolocation sounds of bats were recorded and analysed with the following results. In terms of species, there was evidence of Common Pipistrelle, Soprano Pipistrelle, and a Myotis species, probably Daubenton's, using Cammo.  There was also a single recording of a Nathusius Pipistrelle, great to get but it was probably on migration.

In comparison to similar sites bat activity is in the upper 50%, so very respectable.  There are places that are busier, but they have open water of an extent and associated insect productivity that make it worthwhile for bats to commute a long way to get there; Duddingston Loch is a good local example.  However, where Cammo really scores is the timing of the bat activity.  There are bats active by the canal very close to sunset and sunrise, suggesting an immediately adjacent bat roost. This is very exciting news and underlines the importance of protecting and maintaining the old trees, waterways and buildings which provide the habitats on which so many species depend.

It is hoped that further surveys will be undertaken to monitor the Cammo bat population and that it will continue to thrive in this wonderful green space.

With thanks to Graham Checkley for the species commentary.


December 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher December Blog by Euan Buchan


December 2020 - Fungi by Lynn & Keith Youngs

Earth Star

Coprinellus micaceus - Mica Cup

Chondrostereum purpureum - Silverleaf Fungus

Sarcoscypha austriaca

Scarlet Elfcup

Auricularia auricula-judae - Jelly Ear

Fomes fomentarius - Hoof Fungus

Mycena haematopus - Burgundydrop Bonnet

Dacrymyces stillatus - Common Jellyspot

Bjerkandera adusta - Smoky Bracket

Flammulina velutipes - Velvet Shank

Bisporella citrina - Lemon Disco

Heterobasidion annosum - Root Rot

Lycoperdon pyriforme - Stump Puffball

Trametes versicolor - Turkey Tail


Various 2020 - Wildlife photos by Dorothy Lyle

Idea lutealis

Peacock Butterfly

Evacanthus interruptus

Cicadella viridis

Common Carpet

Sphaerophoria sp

Small Tortoiseshell

Eupteryx urticae

Comma Butterfly

Hemicrepidus hirtus

Tachina fera 

Fleck-winged Snipefly

Aphrophora alni

Scaria hemeroboides

Helophilus pendulus

Syrphus ribesii

Cixius nervosus

Harlequin ladybird larva

Mompha propinquella

Parsnip Moth caterpillar

December 2020 - Birds by Lynn & Keith Youngs


Great Tits

Kestrel on the Tower


Blue Tit

Mistle Thrush


November 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher November Blog by Euan Buchan


August 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher August Blog by Euan Buchan


July 2020 - A Stoat, Swallows and Sand Martins by Linda Monteith


7-spotted Ladybirds on Thistle

Yellowhammer (female)

Speckled Wood Butterfly

7-spotted Ladybirds

Reed Bunting (male)

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Bullfinch (male)

Pleated Inkjet

Small Copper Butterfly

Ringlet Butterfly

Reed Bunting (female)

Long-tailed Tit

Blackcap (male)



Reed Bunting

Tree Sparrow

July 2020 - Wildlife photos by Linda Monteith


July 2020 - Wildlife photos by Dorothy Lyle

Ringlet Butterfly

Cinnibar Caterpillar

Dingy Shell

Mottled Beauty

Tachycixius pilosus

Pea Moth

Bird-cherry Ermine

Pammene aurana

Red Admiral

Celypha lacunana

Pseudagyrotoza conwagana

Larch Ladybird


July 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher July Blog by Euan Buchan


June 2020 Barn Owls at Cammo by Linda Monteith


May / June 2020 Wildlife photos by Lynn and Keith Youngs

Wood Pigeon

Grey Heron


Reed Bunting

Pied Wagtail


Small Tortoiseshell

Green Dock Beetle

Tree Bumblebee

Grey Squirrel


Dead-nettle Leaf Beetle

Cuckoo Pint

Tapered Drone Fly

Red Campion

Welsh Poppy


Dryad's Saddle

Lesser Celandine


May / June 2020 Species Listing by Lynn and Keith Youngs

June 2020 - Wildlife photos from Dorothy Lyle

Striped Millipede - Ommatoiulus sabulosus

Cocksfoot moth - Glyphicterix simpliciella

Stripe-legged Robberfly - Drioctriai baumhaueri

Kidney-spot Ladybird

Xyphosia miliaria

Alder Spittlebug

Green Oak Tortrix

Small Tortoiseshell caterpillar

Plant Bug - Rhabdomiris striatellus

Comma Butterfly

Hoverfly - Leucozona lucorum

Common Red Soldier Beetle

Straw Dot Moth

Gryptocorus stysi

Micromoth - Agaapeta hamana

Copper Underwing Caterpillar

Cranefly Tipula vernalis

Feathered Thorn Caterpillar

Antler Moth

Beautiful China-mark Moth

Eudonia mercuriella


June 2020 - The Edinburgh Birdwatcher June Blog by Euan Buchan


May 2020 - The Bughtlin Burn.  An article by Wilma Harper

May 2020 - Birds from Cammo and nearby by Linda Monteith

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Willow Warbler

May 2020 - Birds from Cammo and nearby by Linda Monteith


May 2020 - Wild Flowers from Cammo and nearby by Linda Monteith

Common Rhododendron

Mouse eared chickweed

Spanish Bluebells

Purple Foxglove

Cow Parsley


Dog Rose

White Campion

Red Campion


Wood Avens

Common Sorrel

Germander Speedwell

Thyme-leaved Speedwell

April 2020 - List of species seen in Cammo by Nick Benge



  • Raven

  • Kestrel

  • Sparrowhawk

  • Kingfisher

  • Heron

  • Whitethroat

  • Swallow

  • House Martin

  • Sand Martin

  • Mistle thrush

  • Dipper

  • Tawny Owl

  • Barn Owl

  • Starling

  • Oystercatcher

  • Curlew (although not for a few years)



  • Brown Rat

  • Field (short tailed?) vole

  • Roe deer

  • Stoat

  • Weasel

  • Rabbit

  • Badger

  • Pipistrelle bat

Pond Life


  • Common frog

  • Toad

  • Stickleback

  • Pond skater

  • Gammarid shrimp



  • Comma

  • Painted lady

  • Meadow brown

  • Cabbage White

  • Orange Tip

  • Copper (type?)

Trees / Plants


  • Lodgepole Pine

  • Hornbeam 

  • Alder

  • Brown birch 

  • Spruce

  • Sessile Oak 

  • Osier

  • Ash

  • Cedar of Lebanon

  • White and grey willow

  • Sweet chestnut

  • Walnut

  • Gean

  • Bird cherry

  • Sycamore

  • Field maple

  • Russian comfrey and native comfrey 

  • Wych Elm

  • English Elm

  • Laurel

  • Black Poplar

  • Aspen

  • Rowan

  • Hazel

  • Spindle

  • Broom

  • Plum

  • Apple

  • Crab apple

  • Pear

  • Guelder rose

  • Dog rose

  • Honeysuckle

  • Yorkshire Fog

  • Cocksfoot

  • Plantain

  • Sorrel

  • Cleavers

  • Hornwort

  • Water Soldier

  • Flag Iris

  • Elodea crispa

  • Juncus effusus

  • Glyceria maxima variegata

  • rhododendron spp.


Various Dates - A selection of fungi taken in Cammo by Barbra McEwan


2019 May - Insects, Moths and Butterflies taken by Dorothy Lyle

Silver ground Carpet

Clouded Silver Moth

Scorpionfly - Panorpa communis

Caterpillars of the Bird Cherry Ermine Moth

Bird Cherry infected by the fungal gall Taphrina paid

Psyllopsis fraxini psyllid gall on Ash

Grass Rivulet

Caterpillar of the Mottled Umber Moth

Micromoth Anania fuscalis

Long-horned micromoth - Nematopogon swammerdamella

Lacewing Chrysopa perla

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Orange Tip Butterfly

Seven Spot Ladybird

Epinotia trigonella - mating pair

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Page last updated: February 2021