Saturday, 15 January 2011
A few years ago now, SNH, in conjunction with local farmers, erected a number of wooden sheds in places around Islay where it was thought that Choughs might be a bit short of nest sites. Choughs are 'naturally' cave nesters, but have adapted to use old buildings on Islay. In recent years, the number of suitable buildings has fallen - not least because many of the old properties have been refurbished - and are no longer suitable for Choughs... Hence the Chough shed idea.
This one is at Bolsay - on Bob Paget's croft. They provide useful shelter for animals, potential storage for the farmer, and have these platforms built into the rafters which make ideal Chough nest sites. I don't know if Choughs have taken advantage of this one yet - although there are signs of Swallows having been here last summer.