Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A catch up of April

The Ensay Burn from above.

Traigh na cille beach with Ben More in the background.

The Magnolia in full flower, before a storm blew all her flowers away. 

The Ensay Burn beach.

Looking beyond the Point towards Calgary and Rum.


Over the headland towards Calgary.

Sheltering from the wind.

Putting the sheep through the fank before lambing begins.

The full moon at sunrise.

Loch na Keal.

Pony trekking at Killienchronan.

Greylags at Traigh na cille.

Treshnish Headland.

Always romantic...

Sunset over Coll.

Shian and Duill chimney pots.

The first pair of Herdwick lambs.

Out of hibernation.

Primrose time of year.

Walter has a haircut.

Twin blackface lambs.

Alice, nine years old.

Soft sunset at Haunn.

Over Coll.

Misty April morning.

Calgary in full bright sunshine.


Dust bathing.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Port Haunn

This calm weather has given me some good flying opportunities for the drone.   Easter Saturday sunset and a walk to Port Haunn on Easter Sunday - enforced time off for Farmer!

This is at Port Haunn looking at Gometra.  You can just make out the Paps of Jura in the distance.

Looking in towards Port Haunn from the Treshnish Isles side!

And then looking up towards Rum, past Dun Haunn and the Point.

Ben More looking lovely in April sunshine.

This is the Fort at Port Haunn.

Evening light on the Treshnish Cottages.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Nearly the end of March

March has been a cold and dry month, but without snow.  The east wind is a drying wind, so the fields look very brown.  At this time of year we need the grass to be growing so that there is adequate nutrition for the ewes.  

Lambing starts soon.  The 9 Herdwicks were tupped early in the hope that their lambs would start appearing to coincide with the school holidays so that Teenager would be at home to be there as needed.   So that is next weekend.  The main flock should start in mid April.  

We are in the middle of applying for a grant from the Government to support 5 years of environmental management.  This scheme is called AECS - Agri-Environment Climate Scheme.  

The first scheme we were involved in was the ESA - Environmentally Sensitive Area Scheme.  We entered in 1995/6.  It showed us the importance of late cut silage for protecting ground nesting birds as well as allowing flowers to set seed.   We were in this scheme for 10 years, then in the RSS - Rural Stewardship Scheme and the last one which finished 2 years ago was the Rural Priorities.  

Each scheme has its target species, and we manage the fields in the hope that the grazing breaks and late cutting of silage will improve the habitats for those target species.  This time round the species include Marsh Fritillary butterflies (same as last scheme), Curlew (I am excited about this as we have had them nesting here for the last few years, saw first one two days ago..), other Waders and Hen Harrier.  We quite often see Hen Harriers over the Haunn fields so it would be wonderful to see them breed here. 

There have been some clear skies at night which is always fun.  One night guests in all four Treshnish Cottages either saw the glow with their naked eye or caught the colour on camera.  One man, a frequent visitor to Mull, said it had made his holiday!   

Not only did we have the aurora but we had a Steve too. 

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