Friday 26 December 2014

Christmas strandline casualties

A lovely Christmas present, calm quiet weather, a couple of beach walks, but some seafaring casualties of interest.
A Common Porpoise on Kilchoman beach fresh in on the tide.

A Trigger Fish at the top of the beach.

Boxing day at Black Rock had many washed up sea squirts and a small flock of c.60 Scaup close in shore.


Sunday 21 December 2014

Walk at Killinallan

Lorna and I sadly resigned ourselves to a non-boggy walk yesterday - yes,  the amount of rain we've had over the past month or so has even defeated the Islay Welly Walker! So we enjoyed a windy walk along Traigh Baile Aonghais and enjoyed the ever changing clouds and lighting.

Acorn barnacles and pink algae/seaweed

A freshly deceased Spider Crab

Freshly deceased Goose Barnacles

Afternoon sun over Traigh Baile Aonghais

Looking towards Gortantoid Point from low in the dunes!

Friday 5 December 2014

Our 30th birthday party

We were a few months late, but we celebrated in style last night at our 30th birthday party, with a pot luck supper, a skills auction, a raffle - and of course a cake. Malcolm Ogilvie gave us a brief history of the Trust. George Jackson then presented Malcolm with a beautiful painting and a bottle of  Botanist gin as a thank you for his hard work and enthusiasm over the years. Thank you to everyone who contributed raffle prizes, food and wine and skills and photos - and to all those who turned up to make the evening a very special occasion to remember. We're looking forward to celebrating many more birthdays in years to come.