A great variety of birds use the Loch as a breeding and wintering site which is home to wigeon, teal, pochard, goldeneye, water rail, mallard, tufted duck, geese, cormorants, great crested and little grebe, grey heron, grasshopper warbler and reed bunting.
In winter, Hooper and Mute Swans can be seen on the Loch, occasionally joined by Bewicks, and pairs of Mutes nest in the dense bull rushes that fringe the water.
Rare winterers such as scaup and arctic tern are also occasionally sighted, as are otters, which have returned to the loch in recent years.
All around the cottage bird song can be heard. Song thrushes are seen regularly as are woodpeckers. On a domestic note, hens range freely near the cottage. And Roe deer are constant visitors in the grounds.
Abundant flora are to be found along the shoreline including the flowering rush and water lilies and in springtime the grounds are dappled with bluebells, primroses, aconites, celadines and violets.
The grounds are planted with species rhododendrons and there are ancient oak, birch, ash and iconic Scots pines.
In order to protect this rare habitant and historic landscape, fishing is only permitted at the far end of the loch.
Martnaham Wood opposite the Bothy is an ancient woodland site with a canopy dominated by oak and birch, abundant hazel in the understorey, and a typical woodland flora including sanicle, bluebell and dog’s mercury. The woodland supports a wide variety of fungi, mosses and liverworts, including the only Scottish record of the mushroom Mycena picta, formerly thought extinct in Great Britain.