Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Seashore family activity a hit - bring on the Moorland Magic!

Great fun was had on our first Mini-Wildlife Adventure of the holidays last Thursday, with a crowd of over 30 children and accompanying adults all joining our merry band of explorers on a Seashore Safari at Port Mor.  It was a good low tide too on which to look for the creatures of the sea. The children searched in rock pools, turned over seaweed and rocks on the lower shore  and scooped through the water with their nets. Any finds of creatures and beasties not fixed firm or attached solid to the rocks were put carefully in the trays for a better look. We got prawns, common shore crabs, hermit crabs, common periwinkle, smooth periwinkle, grey topshell,, limpets, barnacles, one solo Shanny and a small sea stickleback.

Seashore fun at Port Mor

Our next adventure (14th July) will take us to the magic moorland where the 'bleak' landscape will be viewed through enlightened eyes, to see the wonder of colour and form which make up this wondrous habitat. Insect-eating plants, and hopefully bright weather for butterflies and insects. Meet at 2pm in the RSPB hide car park at the Loch Gruinart reserve. Wellies advisable but not essential. 

Our family activities are running in conjunction with the Islay and Jura Toy Library again this season.  Funding for the activities has been sourced from Foundation Scotland so there is no charge, but donations are always welcome. Fiona McG

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