Wildlife care is taken as a given on the list of duties for staff at CLC Duchally Country Estate, and in winter becomes especially important.

Animal and bird life here includes resident populations of ducks, red squirrels and doves, which employees in both housekeeping and maintenance ensure are safe and have appropriate food to take them through Scotland’s coldest months.

Food is ordered and delivered to the resort for this purpose. While domestic pets are not allowed, guests enjoy a wonderful opportunity to explore the grounds and spot the wildlife species that have made their home there.

And as the photo illustrates, the ducks keep a look-out for people too, to see if they might be bringing more food with them.