Wednesday, 6 September 2017
This coming Sunday we hope to draw upon some of the techniques and knowledge we gained back in April with our seaweed foraging workshops and see what the shores around Portnahaven have in the way of seaweed and forage opportunities. We will be meeting at 2pm by the bus stop. Everyone is welcome, bring your knowledge from April and see what we can find.
We also have Alistair our 'FunGi' to show the delights of the mushrooms and toadstools in Bridgend Woods and at the end of the month a last delve into the shoreline at Port Mor campsite, although I say for adults, all ages are welcome and catered for.
See poster for details:
Monday, 28 August 2017
Friday, 25 August 2017
Our Sunday rAmble this week is not the last of the season though, these continue until the end of September for anyone interested in birds, fungi and sea life. This Sunday, we're in Port Ellen, for a geological exploration of underwater volcanoes and whisky on the rocks. Charge is £5 per adult, or £10 per family. If you're already a member of the INHT, the charge is £2. See you there!
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
|Hunting for creatures at Port Mor beach|
|A small hermit crab peeking out of its shell.|
Monday, 14 August 2017
Next week, the 27th, we will be discovering geology at Port Ellen. Come for a tale of two oceans, underwater volcanoes and whisky on the rocks.
Don't forget our Thursday activity at 2pm, this week at the RSPB Loch Gruinart car park for Magical Moorland to discover beauty in miniature - sphagnums and midge-eating flowers!
Friday, 11 August 2017
|Great Bird Race!|
Our other game, fishing for a prize, proved popular with our younger visitors. Fish using an animal of your choice, and catch two or three fish with matching numbers to win a prize! Harder than it looks...
|Fishing for prizes|
Plenty of people came to "buy a plot." Choose a square on the Islay map where you think the Highland Coo is hiding, and be in with a chance of winning a bottle of Bruichladdich Whisky and the Highland Coo! Some people decided to max out their chances and buy a whole corner of the island...!
|Choose your plot...!|
You could also challenge yourself and build a wall, using diagrams, numbers and shapes. I had a go, it wasn't as difficult as it looked at first...!
|Build a Wall|
|Our displays, toys and books for sale, and the map.|
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Monday, 7 August 2017
However I had already been out there on the Thursday before for our 'Mini-wildlife Adventure' and knew there was much to see. The rain was however going to clear not far off 2pm so I waited and low and behold a determined family arrived to participate on the walk...hurrah! And five minutes past 2 it was dry.
Across the saltmarsh were a few new species in flower since last visit, Sea Spurrey which had been flowering on Thursday was now thin on the ground though I did find one in flower. The full moon has brought on some high tides which I expect has knocked the flowers back. There was a nice amount of Glasswort, once you got your eye in and still flowering were the Sea Arrow-grass which tastes of coriander and not to be confused with the sea plantain which has some equally non-descript flowers.
|Devil's Bit Scabious|
|A large Frog Orchid developing large seed pods|
|Patchwork of colour with Autumn Gentian|
|Carder Bumblebee visiting Scabious|
|with resting dung fly!|
|Grass of Parnassus|
|Black Bog Rush and Common Twayblade|
|dissolving Shaggy Inkcap on cattle dung|
|fly on Harebell|
|Bug eye-view of Eyebright and Red Clover|
Friday, 4 August 2017
While on his travels he also sighted the Beautiful Carpet moth, Mesoleuca albicillata, which is only the second recorded sighting of the moth on Islay - Malcolm caught one in his moth trap in July 2011. There have also been three records on Colonsay. Although not uncommon in southern Britain, it is scarce in Scotland.
|Beautiful carpet moth|
|Destroying Angel from below|