Monday, 22 June 2009

help me to help others....

here is my just giving site....every penny counts and goes towards the fund - we have covered the costs of the race ourselves- and there has been a separate collection on Islay....

Off to paris!!!

In the morning I begin the long journey to London - bus, boat and train then bike from London to paris. riding in the London to paris Sprortif and raising monies for the Geoff Thomas Foundation. 600 Kms on fixed wheel.....back next week.

4 days of wilderness

Last week we were wildness living with two franco-americans - brilliant fun. Not only foraging, finding and exploring but alos we were lucky enough to see Sea and Golden eagles, Gannets, Chough, Fulmars, Red deer, kestrel, Buzzard, Skylarks, pipits, yellowhammers and numerous others too. Plants were good too: orchids, mosses and lichens - fabulous. We also had plenty of time for reflection and just being...

Monday, 15 June 2009

harrier harries eagle!

Out on the Rhinns and we missed the rain. Great Northern Divers, Auks, Gannets, Atlantic Grey seals, Chough, Cuckoo and this afternoon we watched eagles. Firstly being mobbed by corvids on a cliff then being chased by them and a male Hen Harrier too. Soon it was right over the landrover and ourselves. Fabulous views of one specifically - so close it was too much for binoculars!

Saturday, 13 June 2009

wilderness 24

returned from a 24 hours in the wilderness with a biologist from the Isle of man. An excellent time - plenty to see - sea birds: Fulmar, Auks and Ducks as well as superb plants both edible and non edible. Good night around fire and sleeping in caves. Long talks about education, folklore, travel and everything in between....wonderful trip

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

around the rhinns

Brilliant weather and great birding today: GND's, Arctic Terns, Sedge Warblers, Hen Harrier, Gannets and Sandpipers - and a Golden Eagle too. Marsh Fritillaries at Claddach were a delight to see amid Orchids, Eyebright and Sea Pink. Fabulous day.

Monday, 8 June 2009

walking portnahaven

Walking safari today. excellent weather and light meant that our folks got great sightings of wee bird: Sedge Warblers,
Whitethroats, Chough, larks, Roe Deer, Gannets, Lapwing, Curlew and Common Sandpipers. we heard three Chough too. Plenty of opportunity for the camera to click! Later after lunch was enabling a family to discover the wild of the coast, foraging and eating it's bounty - lovely!

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

gravity gathering

off on Thursday with a bunch of kids from Port Mor Wheelers to the World Cup mountain bike championship, camping and biking in Nevis Range - back on Sunday......

Monday, 1 June 2009

golden eagle afternoon

Guided a regular group of clients who come over mainly for the golf but they love their nature as well.It was a splendid afternoon, warm, bright with distant views of Ireland and the Garvallachs in opposing directions. we were high on the Glen Road, having spotted several Warblers, Raven, Kestrel and Red Deer. we did not have to wait long for the eagle but at first it was quite a distance away on a thermal, it dropped and delighted us all by getting considerably closer - so much so it filled the binoculars! Brilliant.