Friday, 27 July 2012

'Spectacular' Glenmoriston ant nests protected

Colonies of an ant rarely found in the north Highlands have been given protection against birds.
Chicken wire has been rolled out over the yellow meadow ant nests to make it harder for pheasants and partridges to scratch up the insects.
Charity Buglife Scotland said the nests on Glenmoriston Estate in Inverness-shire were spectacular.
It added that the colonies were important because of their location in the Highlands.
Local woman Jane Bowman alerted estate staff to the heather and moss covered mounds.
Buglife said queens along with thousands of worker ants could be thriving in the colonies.
Yellow meadow ants can live for more than 20 years, spending most of that time underground feeding on aphids found on roots of plants.

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